Bad Moon A’Risin’

For Christmas, my husband gave me a camera .  It’s not an expensive one, but I love it.  I guess he got tired of hearing me (and everyone else) complain about the other camera I was using, and how long it took to take a picture.  It was almost impossible to take a candid, quick shot.  I’d press the button and it would clickety click click, make some more noises, the flash would pause, and then finally, bing!  Picture taken.  By then, my subjects would have lost their perky, natural smiles.  Their mouths would be frozen in that “would you hurry up and press the button because I hate having my picture taken anyway, and why haven’t you taken it yet, and oh, for Pete’s sake take the damn thing will you?!?!?”  Or someone would turn to look at someone else, or someone would think it had been taken, and start to step away, which made me yell, “Wait!”   All that the mumbling and grumbling would start – again.

With the new camera, the shots come quicker, but I’m still learning about all the various settings I can choose in order to take the best ones.  Now, they have to wait on that.   But…, no offense to family/friends,  humans aren’t my favorite subject anyway.  I like taking pictures of my surroundings, no matter where I am.  Yard.  Flowers.  Bugs.  Birds.  Bees.  Shrubs.  Trees in seasonal transition.  Little man.  Mountain ridges.  Valleys.  Streams.  Lakes.  Weather related events.  Snow. (had enough of that)  Ice. (that too).   The sky.  Thunderstorms.  Early mornings.  Late evenings.   The moon.

The moon is a difficult subject.  I don’t know what I’m doing with shutter speed on the camera – yet.

Check out this shot.  This was early morning, around 6:00 I think, about two weeks ago.

Bad Moon Rising

Sort of blurry, but I was standing as still as possible.  More to learn obviously.  Sometime in April, I think on the 15th, there will be a blood moon.  Maybe I’ll have figured out more about taking pictures when it’s dark by then.

Talking about sunrises and sunsets, this a sunset.  It had been a warm day, and there was a cold front coming in. (imagine)  Our skies here in NC tend to get a little temperamental when that happens, like this:

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As you can tell, I have nothing new to tell you about how the writing is coming along.  It’s coming, but my brain is on overload from it.  I’m attempting to outline the final 20,000 words -or so.  And…,this is what I do when I need a break from thinking about plot twists, resolution – or even how to end the darn thing.  I think about something else.  Anything else – even doing taxes.

What else do you do, when the writing has taken a toll?


COMMENTS

  • Carolynnwith2Ns

    March 24, 2014

    Reply

    “What else do you do, when the writing has taken a toll?”

    I cleaned my office, how pathetically uncreative is that? But it did give me something to write about.
    The pics are great BTW. I was into photography years ago before everything became digital. My camera’s best friend was a tripod. It makes a ‘moon’s world’ of difference. You can leave the shutter open longer without blurring. Great for night shots. Ask Averil. Now that girl knows her pics.

  • donnaeve

    March 24, 2014

    Reply

    Haha – just read about it!

    Thank you – that moon pic had the potential to be a nice one, if only I knew what I was doing! I like the idea of the tripod and will have to see about that. You’re right about Averil – and I’ve also seen some shots by Tetman on FB too. Now he can take a pic and honestly, I’m surprised he doesn’t do that for a living. Some of his shots of the Great Lakes look so professional. If I were him, I’d be selling that stuff to a magazine.

    • Carolynnwith2Ns

      March 26, 2014

      Reply

      OMG Tetman is a hoot. That man is soooo smart. Had no idea he was a picman too. Hope he gets the job he wants.

  • Susan Bonifant

    March 25, 2014

    Reply

    Thanks for a post that lets me know how hard it can be to love writing all the time. When I get to the point you’ve described, I move the furniture in my writing room around. The cat gets confused, but it works.

    • donnaeve

      March 25, 2014

      Reply

      That made me laugh. Poor kitties.

      Aside from my photo taking…which can be as bad as the writing (imagine), I also bake, and run and do yoga (because I bake). I’m sure you know, anytime away from staring at those words helps. I’ve been surprised by the clarity when I look at something that baffled me a few hours earlier.


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