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I have lots of crochet projects finished but have been rather lazy getting them documented so I thought I’d throw you readers a few non-craft related photographs a la Niki.  If you read the blog Knockout Niki Crochets then you’re familiar with her photo randomness posts.  The basic idea is to blog seven or more random photographs vertically in a single post.

Oh and check out Niki’s Etsy shop for prints of her photographs and crochet projects.  I’m especially fond of the crocheted chess clutch.   

I think the last photo would make a good wallpaper.  Don’t you think?   

When it was warmer I’d use my camera on walks and shoot the landscape.  I haven’t been taking the camera out much these days because it rains and if I just stand in one place I get cold.  Then my fingers go numb holding the camera and my toes feel like ice because I wear flip flops.  I realize I could be warmer with ‘real’ shoes but I like my flip flops.   

Speaking of photos, here are some photography pointers I’ve come across on the web.  I have a regular point and shoot camera and I’m not a photo expert but these little tips have helped me a lot, especially with my crochet projects.   

In general: 

Natural sunlight is best.  Use the tungsten setting for artificial light.   

Direct sun on a nice day is too bright for most subjects.  Try the shade.   

Don’t take photos with the light source directly behind the subject.  I’m guilty of not following this one because the window is such an enticing backdrop. 

Turn off the flash or greatly reduce the output for accurate colors.

Reduce camera shake by propping your body and arm against something.

Odd numbers are better than even. 

Use the rule of thirds.

For close up shots:

Use the flower/macro setting.

Don’t use the zoom.  

That’s enough about photography.  I promise an actual craft-related photo in the next post!

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There’s this birdbath that is perched on the porch rails.  It’s got a little hole for a twig and broken pieces of colored glass pressed into the edges.  It also weighs a ton. 

Today, in the late afternoon sun the water was like a mirror.  It reminded me of fortune tellers who clear the steam rising from the water and when the ripples settle you see an image of the future. In my future I see trees.

The crystal ball is also a popular fortune telling device, isn’t it?  Like in the Wizard of Oz and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  I wonder where I could find one of those.     

Here’s a peek at my next post.  (I think I got a little carried away photographing the bobbles.)

*That’s cool* a random fact

Hummingbirds can fly upside down, but their legs are only strong enough to perch, not walk. 

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Biscuit the Dog.  She is intently watching the tennis ball in my hand.  Really she is very patient waiting for me to photograph her before throwing the ball; just licking her chops.

I’m not sure if this is true for all Jack Russell Terriers, but Biscuit has always had the idea that I should wrestle with her for the ball.  Here she chewing away, waiting for me to try to snatch the ball away from her. 

I throw the ball, she runs and retrieves it, then I have to pry it from her mouth.  Even at 11 years old, I can still lift her whole body up by the ball in her mouth! 

*That’s cool* a random fact

Jack Russell named Bothie was the first and only dog to visit both the North and South Poles, since canines are now banned from visiting Antarctica.

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I’m always caught off guard when the days get shorter. Today I thought I had enough sunlight for a color photo, but no.  I’ll post the details about this flower motif blanket when I can muster up enough natural light.

*That’s cool* a random fact

Trees are the longest living organisms on earth.

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