For starters, I really struggled with the prompt this week. It's a little too cool for pools just yet, even here in the south. No blue flowers popping up that I know of. I haven't spied any Robin's eggs just lying around. And wouldn't ya know? The rain decided to stop just when I wanted a little splashing (not that the sunshine is a bad thing- just to be clear). So, I put on my creative thinking cap and decided on a fun prop last minute. But then my family made it apparent I had no idea what turquoise was. So, I did what I do best. I consulted google. Apparently I've mistaken it for aqua and/or teal for 40 years. Who knew?
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After I was squared away on the precise hue of turquoise, I set out to make a butterfly streamer for this week's prompt. Unfortunately I had a late start to my project (because
But sometimes our visions are just simply unrealistic. There- I said it.
No toddlers were readily available and of course it would have to be a day with no wind. Neither one of my kids wanted anything to do with this shoot, but I was pretty confident this was not ideal for selfies and hubs running with butterflies
We drove the 25 miles to a field that I had remembered from a Sunday drive a couple weeks ago only to learn upon our arrival that the yellow weeds had all been cut back. Panic set in as we raced the sun. We circled back and found a field of tall grass. Well, if you can call it a field. They're pretty non-existent in these parts what with all these pines that just so happen to be dropping yellow pollen bombs by the second and making my life pretty miserable as we speak. But I digress. It looked lovely from the road but upon closer inspection we learned that it was laden with thistles and thorns. To my surprise, Little Man was actually still willing. (This is when a toddler may have been the wrong choice.) We made our way past the worst of the spikey, barbed brush and he managed to find a small piece that was more manageable to walk through. Only with no wind, walking wouldn't suffice for the butterflies. He had to run. He made several loops back and forth. The light was perfect but waning. I took a quick glance at my camera's view finder and my stomach churned. The settings I had assumed were perfect weren't. And being in a rush, I hadn't set the camera to RAW or remembered my tripod. And the white balance was all wrong. The light was changing and fast and I
I just kept shooting. And hoping. Something had to work. It was about that time that the owner of our new found "field" decided to see what the crazy folks running around his property were up to. Unlike many others from previous shoots, he didn't seem in a hurry to alert the authorities. Although, by the look on his face, I could see that he was perplexed as to what we would be taking photos of in his weed infested terrain. Note to self: Ask permission first next time. As friendly as the folks of South Carolina seem to be, they sure get testy when I pull out my big camera. Luckily we were wrapping things up anyways and we didn't waste any time
We made another quick stop at a nearby orchard but the sun was already done for the day, at least for photos. It was a long, dark drive home and I couldn't help but wonder if this had been
As for the butterfly streamers, they couldn't be easier! Such a simple craft that would be fun to do with your kids! If you haven't yet had Spring Break, tuck this away for a rainy day. Most of the materials needed are things you should already have on hand.
Such a simple craft with all kinds of potential! My favorite kind of project!
If you've made it this far, you may be thinking this photo shoot was not successful, but I assure you- I learned plenty from this experience. And I hope that you can extract something from some of my mistakes as well. These photos may not have come easy or been exactly like my initial vision, but they will surely be treasured in the coming years (because I know that Little Man will have a growth spurt and possibly even hit puberty one of these days, ha). Plus I now have a fun prop that can hopefully be used in subsequent shoots as well (hopefully with younger subjects).
I also know that it is only from trial and error that we grow and become better photographers. These photo challenges are not always easy, but they force us to think outside of the box and try things that we may not have otherwise considered. They also shed light on our areas of weakness. I now have a burning desire to study Kelvin and shutter speed more. I would also love a couple new lenses, but I will never tire of the rush that comes from creating something beautiful on a budget. There are many that may not agree with me, but I truly believe that 3/4 of photography is your own personal vision and drive put to action. The camera is but an extension of the person behind the lens.
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I’m teaming up with Rebecca of Bumbles & Light and Kristi of Live and Love out Loud for another inspiring adventure as we photograph our way through spring with the Nurture Photography Challenge - a seasonal photo challenge series chock full of tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts, personal feedback and encouragement.
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