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Winter Sun and Shadow at School

As I arrived, I noticed sunlight.

It’s been pretty gray around here.  Twenty four days until Spring.

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School Breakfast at my Desk

A two hour delay again this morning.

For the first time in three years, I got breakfast from the cafeteria the other day. The “bagel” doughy and sweet but I was hungry.

You can see a pair of #35 knitting needles peeking out on the left.  Coffee provided by my neighbor the librarian.School Breakfast


Combine Two Objects in the Classroom, But Don’t Show the Classroom

One of the hardest and ongoing lessons is teaching composition and students needing to take multiple shots of a subject.

So often they are satisfied with the first image they shoot.

Today in the Photography classes, I asked the students to choose two objects and combine them in a new and different way to create a more  interesting image.

I showed them the first photo of the two objects i selected as an example-

I shot the first with all the cluttered background of the classroom.   The second one was to be cleaned up- not show the environment. No backpacks, chairs, notebooks, pencils, computers, students.

Here’s the DON’T

dog in a roll of tape

I picked up the student camera from a table

overexposure with the setting

and a student’s finger holding the piece of paper as background to block the clutter is visible,

but the objective is closer to being met.

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Roll of tape and a rubber dog.

Trying to encourage them to keep at it and try something different. Try different angles and distance.  Change the light.

Self- portrait in the array of objects collected on disposable wedding cookie tray at the end of the day.

stuff

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and Man on Time

Man on Time

Will share some of the compostions of the students when they pick their best.


Late in the Day View from the School Parking Lot

The light shone on a row of houses in the neighborhood. I was going to my car at the end of a long Saturday afternoon in the gym, watching some of my students perform in the dance, color guard and majorette competition.

I thought about scale again. Size relationships.  How the one house close looked big, the sunlit row much smaller.

But that would be for perspective week, right?

(Mirrorless Camera by Sony)

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Unexpected Offering from a Culinary Student Down the Hallway

IMG_8470Destiny brought me a plate of Shepherd’s Pie.  (She is one of the knitters, too)

It was delicious.

All after school activities have been cancelled due to icy rain and slippery roads.

Welcome winter sustenance.


Portrait of the Photography Teacher by Nicholas

Nicholas is a new student in  the seventh period class.
Today we were working on portraits. He asked to take my picture.
This might be his third week in class. He used an SX 170 Kodak Point and Shoot camera and some soft lights.  I think the soft focus is perfect for me at this point of my life.
Not only did he catch the light in the eyes, even with my glasses on, there is no reflection on the lenses.  Nice!
I also like that he got  my hands with the camera.
How often are you pleased with your own image?
We were testing out the new photo backdrop the kids constructed last Friday.  They put it together like a puzzle. (Thanks Connie, Anthony and Madison) We use the old darkroom in the back of the classroom as without the proper ventilation for the chemicals, we had to go digital.
The students used  the PVC pipe I bought and Mr. U,  the carpentry teacher,  helped cut it to the right dimensions.
If you need a photo backdrop, click this link for the $20 DIY plan from Dandelions on the Wall. Actually the total was closer to $40 but it works great!
portrait of the photography teacher
Ms. Hendricks photographed by Nicholas

I Saw These at Friday Night’s Football Game

I had to look twice at what I was seeing.

Marching band plumes

 

 

 

 

 

The plumes from the Marching Band Bucket Hats, put away until next year.


Unattended iPhone Pic

One of my Photography Two students left me a little surprise on my iPhone (which I’d left unattended on my desk)

Uh-oh.  Let that be a reminder to keep my phone away in the future.  It’s usually in my top drawer.

Sharing it on the blog because I laughed out loud when I found this photograph in my photostream.  It gave me pause.

I’ve a set of Victorian Masks – this one is Horatio Nelson 1st Viscount Nelson.   It was on my desk, too.

My guess is

1.she saw the mask,

2. she saw my phone,

3. she felt inspired

4. and created this in a few short seconds.

5. Left it for me to find.

6. Never mentioned it.

(Way to go AZ!)

7.  I blogged it!

Horatio Nelson Viscount Nelson


Homecoming High Heels Study Two

If you’ve been following me since last October, the photos below may seem familiar.

Last year’s homecoming heels post is here

I couldn’t walk in these fancy shoes, I know that.

Probably couldn’t get them on my feet, like Cinderella’s stepsisters couldn’t get that glass slipper on their foot either.

High heels look fashionable and glamorous, uncomfortable.

And, they don’t stay on

very long at all.


My Grandmother’s Quilt and About to Jump in Monday

Fray.  

A verb.  

A noun.

Hopefully not my nerves or the rope

I hang onto with my best grip.

I sleep with the comfort of the worn red calico and

yellowed muslin quilt my grandmother stitched decades ago.  

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892 Farmersville, Illinois

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892
Farmersville, Illinois   She’s the one who taught me to knit when I was four.

 

. I told my friend V what the photo challenge word of the week was and she said,

“Fray? That’s an easy one.  You start school Monday.”

The classroom is ready

The classroom is ready.  I’m jumping in. 


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