Archive for August, 2010

31
Aug
10

#243 some sun into the classroom

I redid the bulletin boards in one of the language classrooms at school today. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, since they were half empty and really sad and drab. As we don’t have our own classrooms, nobody is in charge of the bulletin boards, and thus nobody really does anything with them.

I so miss the school supply shops in America! We don’t have anything like them here. After primary school, it’s just not the custom to decorate the classrooms so much, let alone change the decor according to the seasons. My only chance was to get standard posters – many of them cliched stereotypes from the English-speaking world, but better than nothing, I reckoned. I also managed to find a few motivational posters in Singapore last spring.

The turquoise sunny beach hut by the sea is strategically placed in my line of view if I am in front of the classroom. It will be my escapist, daydreaming picture, especially when the cold, colourless winter hits us.

30
Aug
10

#242 autumn leaves

242/365 autumn leaves, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Some brighter autumn colours are already appearing here and there. Hopefully there will be a flamboyant display of colourful trees this year. It’s as though the leaves are desperately celebrating their last days of life before falling to the ground. Our lucky eyes get to enjoy their beautiful farewell.

An attempt to do the Daily Shoot assignment is there, too – the way the vine branch grows diagonally:

Make a photograph featuring a diagonal line or series of diagonal lines. Pull our attention through the photograph.

29
Aug
10

#241 day-trip to Helsinki

241/365 day-trip to Helsinki, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

An old friend from Cyprus contacted me that she was visiting Helsinki and that she would like to meet. Good reason to travel to the capital for a day. Busy day showing my friend and her colleagues some sights, but little time to think about photographs. Guiding foreign visitors always makes you think about your own country in a different light, and notice little details that you wouldn’t otherwise, doesn’t it? For example I hadn’t really looked at the Helsinki skyline from this angle before – high up the hill of the Russian cathedral towards the white Lutheran cathedral.

The Daily Shoot assignment was on mind, though:

Make a photograph of something cold today. Ice cubes, frosty beverages, or the freezer aisle at the grocery store.

A biting, cold wind was blowing from the sea all day, and even the sky looked very cold, I thought. I could almost imagine snow coming down from the dark clouds soon! Luckily, it’s not quite that cold yet!

28
Aug
10

#240 berries galore

240/365 berries galore, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Yet another Daily Shoot assignment for repetitive patterns today:

Use repetition to create an interesting photograph today. Grids, patterns, or a series of lines will all do the trick.

I’m not a great fan of repetitive routine, but today it led me to this line of rowan trees, heavy with berries. Lots of them everywhere this year, it seems. Some old folk say that an abundance of these berries forecasts a long, cold winter, as birds will need a lot of sustenance to survive. According to another old wisdom, trees can’t carry two heavy burdens in one year – ie. a lot of berries means no heavy snow in winter. Who knows!

Weather forecasts aside, I just love these deep, warm autumn colours – maybe because I was born in this season.

27
Aug
10

#239 bundling up

239/365 bundling up, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Only +10 degrees Celcius in the morning sure feels cold after a two-month heatwave. Frantic rummaging through the bottoms of drawers and cupboards for stored woolly scarves, jackets, and socks is an everyday activity now. Summer is but a memory after 3 weeks of school.

I love the pattern and texture of this crocheted scarf. The Daily Shoot assignment made me remember it_

Make a photograph of something metallic today. Put the emphasis on texture and light.

26
Aug
10

#238 pretty in pink

238/365 pretty in pink, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I was trying to create some soft light pictures for the Daily Shoot today:

Make a photograph with soft light today. Try to almost totally eliminate shadows on your subject.

I noticed that soft light suits flowers quite well. It was fun playing with a white umbrella on our balcony to try and soften the light on a cloudy evening.

I really like the Finnish tradition of bringing some flowers when visiting friends. This pink pot plant was given to me by a dear friend back at the beginning of May! And it is still in full bloom on the balcony . It has been bringing us joy and beauty all through the hot summer. Thank you Heli!

25
Aug
10

#237 head in the clouds

237/365 head in the clouds, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

From down in the dumps yesterday, into a light, dreamy feeling today. What a difference the weather makes! Sometimes I feel I’m particularly susceptible to changes in the weather, or maybe it’s just me, and nothing whatsoever to do with the elements.

The clouds tonight formed beautiful, canvas-like formations, colours and lines in the sky. I stood on the balcony for ages watching them slowly shift and transform themselves. It was a really calming moment.

24
Aug
10

#236 dark mood

236/365 dark mood, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The Daily Shoot today was about dark areas.

Make a low key photo today with lots of dark areas. You might need to use exposure compensation to make it work.

I wish I had had more time to experiment to manage to get a black background and find more interesting subjects. Would have been interesting to try B/W photography, too, but another time then.

Just a dark snap of a houseplant, which, with the shadows, depicts my mood on this rainy day. There must be lots of low pressure in the air.

23
Aug
10

#235 colour on my plate

235/365 colour on my plate, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I seem to be taking a lot of food pictures these days. It must be because the back-to-school routine has also reminded me of other routines – in particular, forgetting the many indulgences of summer holiday.

Daily Shoot made me think of the five fruit and veg a day.

Today’s number is 5. Make a photo that illustrates the number in some way, either literally or abstractly.

My rule of thumb is to aim at having all the five colours of fruit and veg a day – the obvious red, green and yellow/orange, as well as the rarer blue/purple and white. This will ensure a healthy intake of the vitamins, minerals, fibers, flavonoids and antioxidants my body needs. Not only is it healthy, but seeing all the colours also works as a mood booster.

22
Aug
10

#234 observations

234/365 observations, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

As I was looking subjects for today’s Daily Shoot, I came across these unusual reflections on the windows of an office building.

Make a photograph of something made out of glass. Be sure to go for interesting reflections or highlights.

It looked like an abstract painting, which instantly brought the boring brick wall to life. It struck me what a good way photography is of discovering surprising sights, scenes and phenomena.

Too often I just go about life in an oblivious, perfunctory manner, rushing from one errand to the next. It pays to observe and pay attention. I wish my students realized this about learning more often, too.




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