Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Busy week!

We have had a busy week! I bought a new camera- a Nikon DSLR, D-5300. It is VERY nice and we are gradually becoming good friends :-) I have been working on If Monet Grew Hydrangeas. I started an eight week digital photography course on Monday night. I am old and frail and need a rest!!!

Here is the new camera. DH also gave me my Christmas present early- a 90mm Tamron macro lens!
I am loving it and learning a LOT! You have been warned... I may be showing you my lame attempts at stunning photography if and when I become more proficient and if and when I get brave!

And here is Monet and his hydrangeas to date. Still lots of stitching to do.
Closeup of some of the stitches. Some floret centres have French knots

Just a different section from a bit farther away

Much, but not quite all of the little piece. The brilliant blue is a bit overzealous. It is much subtler in reality!
I have been torn between loving "Monet" and wondering what I was thinking. I DO like the idea and as I quilt it, I am becoming fonder. We shall see what my students think of it tomorrow. Stay tuned! If nothing else, it is a great exercise in patience and in free motion technique. I have used a million different colours and weights of threads and have changed spools a zillion times! I am working on my 10,000 hours toward becoming proficient at free motion! That is what DH says I need to do ;-)

As for the camera and the class, it is MOST enjoyable. I LOVE digital photography. It is MY thing! I have been flying by the seat of my semi clever pants up till now. Now, I HOPE our esteemed instructor can pound some sound techniques and information into this very old dog's tired old brain. I am certainly motivated and trying VERY hard! This week, I am the WIP! Thought I would share this on the needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.com. Check it out. There is already some interesting work posted there!

5 comments:

  1. For sure you will get a badge!

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  2. I love your enthusiasm about this all - and your photos have always been very good and clear - could they still get better?

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  3. I have the Canon Rebel Eos with two lenses but have never taken a course. I need to though as I really don't know how to use it to full potential.
    Love the hydrangeas!

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  4. Love my Nikon 5300 too. Good choice. Loving the Hydrangeas. Are you ready to part with the one I loved last year yet?

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  5. Lucky you:) I have often thought about getting a new camera but I know it would be wasted on me.

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