The Gallery: Week 24

Hello and welcome to week 24 of The Gallery.

It has been a momentous week for me as a photographer. I’ve taken the huge step of switching from ‘auto’ to ‘manual’ on my digital SLR.
Do you hear that? I no longer shoot on auto.
OK to many of you, you’ll be all ‘what?’ or ‘so what?’, but ever since being bought a fancy camera for my 40th I’ve craved the opportunity to take ‘proper’ photographs. Ones I am in control of. Like the ones you see in magazines.
If you’ve seen the book which comes with these cameras you’ll understand why I’ve put it off for so long. It’s like they’re written in Martian and the words swim in front of me and I lose all interest. In life as well as photography.
So I did something pretty fabulous last weekend: I spent the day with a very patient photographer, walking in the sunshine being coached on aperture, shutter speeds and ISO.
What a brilliant way to learn.
I now get it. Sort of.
Jay: “So which bits don’t you understand now?”
Me: “All of it.”
Yeah, she was very patient.
And a pretty good model too . . .

So many many thanks to Jay for taking the time to do something amazing and thanks too to Muddy, another frustrated photographer and good friend who joined us on our voyage of discovery.
And in case you’re wondering, Jay’s tongue really was blue. Nothing to do with my photography skills.

So, to this week’s theme. I have chosen: A Photo I’m Proud of.
Oooo. Sharp intake of breath!
As always, come back on Wednesday to add your link, visit as many others as you can, say hi, discover new people, welcome them in when they discover you.
Appreciate the wonderful words and photos that are opening themselves up to you.

So what are you waiting for, get clicking!

The Gallery
If you’re new to The Gallery, here’s the brief: I will give you a prompt, an idea, a notion and you go out and take a photograph using that prompt. Or just use a photo you already have.
The prompt could be one word, an object, an idea, a phrase, anything, and you have to post a picture which you feel represents that prompt.
Post it on your blog and write about it.
That’s it.

It’s not about taking technically brilliant photos – although if you do, I’d love to see them too. It’s about having a passion for pictures; any photos, all photos whether you took it with your all singing all dancing SLR or snapped it on your camera phone.
You don’t even have to be a blogger to take part – just send me your photo and I will publish it on my blog for you. You don’t even have to include your name if you prefer.

When you’ve published it, come back on Wednesday and via a groovy widget thing you can add a link to your post and share it with everyone. The link remains open for a week.
Visit others, comment if you like them or feel inspired by them. Just go out and encourage and support amateur photographers out there.

The more support you give, the more you will get back.

And if you want to add a pukka linkable Gallery button to your blog (instead of the amateurish one I’ve been using!) the code is just under The Gallery picture in the right hand column on this blog.
Come back on Wednesday and join in. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

And if you want to make sure you don’t miss any prompts or entries in future, make sure you subscribe to my RSS or email feed.
Go on, clicky click away, you know you want to …

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