Today I had lost my sparkle big time. You know when you just can’t be bothered? Wonder why you are bothering? Why am I doing this why am I doing that? What should I be doing? Blah blah blah.
I took a few photos for the sparkle prompt and they were all a bit rubbish. Why bother? Actually, I did think ‘why am I doing this project?’ I am at week 40 and I have not missed a single Through The Lens Thursday, but why? I might be getting a bit better at using my camera but I am really not understanding all those numbers. What do they all mean and how is it that they can create a sharp, wonderful shot or destroy it by adding a distinctly non artistic blur.
So, I took myself off to Pilates which is one of the toughest exercise classes I take and believe me, I don’t bother with easy workouts. The weather looked like it might produce something biblical and I almost turned around and went home for fear or getting drenched, blown away or struck by lightning, or heck, the way today is going, all three.
I didn’t go home and the class was great and I saw some friends there, things were starting to look a lot more sparkly.
My friend asked me to help her upcycle some old jewelry to auction for charity which sounds like super cool fun and just what I like to do. Outside, the sun was shining and the streets were steaming under the heat as I left the gym.
I came home, made lunch, retook my photos and made full use of the direct sunlight to rock that sparkle. Would you look at that, I even managed to get an actual sparkle on the bracelet, which I didn’t add in an app! A genuine bling which I am pretty sure I could not reproduce if I tried!
Here are the numbers, which I understood a little bit this time. ISO 800, 18.00mm, f/22.00, 1/160s.
I am pretty happy with the sparkle on this photo and I have claimed some to add to my day, please feel free to grab some sparkle for your day!
This is a bracelet which I used to wear all the time in the 80’s, I loved diamante and wore as much as I could pile on!
So, the day turned around nicely and I have a lovely sparkle picture, my enthusiasm has returned and my legs are aching already!
Glad you found your sparkle again AND the photo result is amazing. It spoke right to YOU, didn’t it?!! (and now to me). Thanks.
Thanks Joan, I was very happy with the sparkle, a complete accident!
How fabulous! That is a REAL sparkle! 🙂 Well done.
I used to wear bracelet like this one , back in the 80’s 🙂
Oh, the fond memories.
Diamanté screams 1980’s doesn’t it, I loved wearing piles of it!
oh I know what you mean about all those numbers on the camera… still does my head in! Great sparkle!
Thank goodness it is digital and I can take a squillion photos and then delete most of them!
I’m SO glad that you’re doing this project with Greta and I. Even if we don’t always understand the numbers, I think the very act of taking photographs with intention, is a great learning and whether we try or not, we WILL improve. I think this photo proves that!
This project has definitely improved my photography just by the fact that I am taking at least one photo a week with it. So, thank you for coming up with the great idea that is Through The Lens Thursday.