2016 Week 16 -An impromptu late night competition entry won me a training day with The New born Workshop which was great fun and really educational. Unfortunately for me, my lenses all seem off and I just couldn’t achieve good focus with any. Here, with controlled lighting, it was so obvious that my equipment needs to be looked at. However, I did get a few shots I am happy with.
2016 Week 15 –
The children are being very enterprising and selling sweets and bubble gum, in aid of themselves, but with a proportion of the takings going towards a charity for endangered species.
And before it got too late I bundled them off in our van to go to a little interior design shop near to us as I needed to look at some carpet samples that I knew would be there. BIG MISTAKE. Taking 4 young and bored kids into a teeny tiny shop with samples and items on display. Stressful. And then after we were bundled out, figuratively speaking, it was a BIG MISTAKE to ask the kids to pose for a quick portrait. I am ashamed to say I lost my temper with them as they once again just would not play ball and line up nicely for me. This picture was just before it descended into chaos. I muttered under my breath all the way home about inconsiderate children and then afterwards felt bad that I had got angry over just one photograph. I will have to learn better how to manage them for a group shot. How to manage kids with what is known as “photographer’s child syndrome”.
SO instead I appreciated the landscape around me.
Throughout this week, and actually for a long time now, I have not been happy with my focus and I am now starting to think that it may not all be down to camera skills and that actually maybe my lens is out! So I tried out a calibration system with a willing model, who by the end was not so willing!
The conclusion? A lens in need of realignment.
2016 Week 14 – A lost drone gave us the opportunity to search in the rape fields. The drone was not found that day, but at least it was an excuse to get some fresh air. The kids were ecstatic, as you can tell!
2016 Week 13 – My first born turned 10 this week. He agreed to a cake smash. We don’t really have the room to do it properly….
2016 Week 12 –
Almost a week after the onset of illness, a still poorly little girl managed to muster up the energy to take a drive with me to do some chores,
2016 Week 11 –
A sneaky peak at daddy playing on the trampoline. The kids are so lucky to have a daddy that plays with them!
My lovely sister-in-law Karin came over from Poland specifically to race in a local 10k and she was delighted to find out that she was the Number 1 runner!!
However, it was not all fun and games, as my daughter suddenly felt very ill and I had to take her home. Later that night, she had a febrile convulsion! Pretty scary stuff but we were reassured by the paramedic that it was only due to the high fever and the fact that children cannot regulate their temperature and so this is what happens.
The boys were so lovely and thoughtful and wrote her notes and cards and left her presents.