This was supposed to be a Magical Musical Monday post, but it is Tuesday instead.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
DJ has now moved onto book two in the series of Photography 4H books. There are three books total, and we generally take a year to complete them. The first chapter is learning about Aperture and speed of your camera. We do not have a real fancy camera like some people buy for their kids, but it does have variable settings for what we need it to do. Aperture simply means how much light is being let in via the lens of the camera. The first two pictures are of a huge spider web built between the back porch and the Magnolia tree. The first one is letting in less light, and the second more. The same exact shot just different lens setting. If you click on them you can see the definite difference. The two photos with the leaves are caterpillar eggs with both sets of lighting. Again you can see the obvious difference. The one with Caitlin and I is the most dramatic. I have a nice tan, but do not wear makeup. The picture with more light makes me look pasty and ghastly, not to mention we were not set for the picture. You can see the definite dramatic difference. The two pictures of the pool were for the speed setting. We need to play around more with this setting. It is supposed to be used when you want motion to freeze. To me it just looks like changing the speed highlighted the waves and made them stand out more. I can't decide whether they look like they are moving or not. Let me know what you think.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
This is DJ's mom. I have decided for DJ, that Monday and Friday, will be writing days. Since he wants to write a short children's story next school year, I have decided that he will write it out on paper first, make revisions and changes, then post the final results to his blog. If the book has chapters, he has not actually decided this yet, it will be posted on several days. He has already decided on a theme, and the main character, he needs to add supporting characters now. On Monday he will be given a writing challenge from the Quick Writes book. He then will have as much time as he needs to complete it. Since I am always looking to improve my writing skills, I too will take the writing challenge on Mondays. If anyone else is interested in joining in let me know, it could be a lot of fun to see what everyone comes up with. Then on Fridays, he can write about a topic of his choice. Usually it is fish, or some type of animal. I did pick one bird that he has to write about, and that is the Pileated Woodpecker. I chose this bird, because he took pictures at the Springs of the damage that these particular woodpeckers do to the trees. I thought it would be a good topic to cover and a great learning experience. So let me know if you want to join in on the Monday writing challenges, and I will mark your blogs to be notified each week.