Day 3 of the First Thirty-One over at Fourtuitous.com! Today’s challenge was “Returns”.
I’m not even going to lie, I had no idea how to do this challenge. I checked Instagram (if you’re Instagram saavy, you can find other people’s posts at #firstthirtyone) …and, I really, really didn’t just want to take a photo of me returning something. No offense to anyone that did that, but I pride myself on being “outside-of-the-box”
The little wheels in my head turned and turned, so much in fact, that I gave myself a headache trying to come up with something.
I thought “What if I go to the gym today? I haven’t been in a month, so I would be returning to the gym!” …well, I never went. I made breakfast too late in the morning, and the only way to drag myself is to get up at 6-7AM, eat a quick breakfast, take a quick shower, and head off before the sun’s too high in the sky. So nope. No dice.
Then I thought “Well, I could do some yoga in my room for a bit. I haven’t done that in ages.” …and my mind got all esoteric and I spaced out for a bit imagining high-lit silhouettes of me doing yoga poses, until I eventually realized I haven’t a room in my house where the backdrop wouldn’t be uninteresting, and I don’t actually own any high-powered lights to hide in front of. Fuck it.
Then I ate lunch. Who thinks on an empty stomach?
So I chose this. It’s lame, I’m not happy with it, but…it’s what you get. I decided that I was returning my house to its natural, non-Christmas state (excepting the Christmas tree, which I’m not taking down until I get the roommate approval. I’ve learned not to mess with a man’s tree.) I took down all the lights, and removed the stockings and the ornaments, and packed away my Christmas cards and shiny baubles. I took the popcorn strings outside for birds to feast upon, and I placed the cedar boughs and cinnamon sticks that were upon my altar into the firepit, for burning later. The only thing I kept up were the snowflakes on the windows (that’s WINTER, damn it) and the wreath upon my door.
Canon Rebel XS. Photoshop CS5.
And now, to make myself feel a bit better about my photography (and editing skills in general) …here’s some more stuff from the day.
Canon Rebel XS. 1/500sec, f / 6.3, ISO 400.
The sky didn’t actually look like this, this morning, but it was pretty close. We had a crazy sunrise! My camera apparently decided to take a little bit of orange in the sky and turn it to fire – I didn’t even edit this a tiny bit.
Canon Rebel XS. 1/250sec, f / 1.8, ISO 400.
While trying to set up the bokeh shot (which, by the way, was just a glass bauble on some poster board, with a lamp nearby, and I blurred the crap out of it) …I needed something to focus on. So I used a mason jar full of water, and one of the test shots turned out really neat.
Canon Rebel XS. 1/320sec, f / 5.0, ISO 400.
While outside hanging up the popcorn, my cat was watching me from inside the house. I thought I’d play around with the camera before he noticed I’d moved. It turned out kinda neat – like an old-school double exposure but without any of the effort!