A while back, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos (occasionally more – my bad!) from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link to another. Our visitors have the opportunity to make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Cathy at Peregrination Gourmande and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid. I hope you enjoy!
2017! Welcome to 2017 and a brand new year and another edition of the 10 on 10 Photography Circle, eh? I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s hard for me to believe that we have already started a new year. One of the folks that I follow on Facebook recently posted that she felt like the new year could finally begin now – in this next week – because for her, she had taken her a little longer to wrap up 2016 than expected. I’m kinda of feeling that myself.
Around Gumbo Acre South, we’ve been taking it slow. This weekend in particular has been perhaps the laziest I’ve had in forever. They say the body knows what it needs, and apparently mine has needed rest. I can’t remember the last time I slept this much…nor can Sweet Husband.
I don’t know if you believe in astrology stuff, but we are just now coming out of a mercury retrograde. That might be part of my problem. (Mercury is my ruling sign) I don’t tend to put a lot of stock in such things, but I’ve killed my laptop in the last 48 hours and am facing a few other challenges. Everything feels a little bit harder than it needs to right now.
Including our weather here on the Gulf Coast. It doesn’t really get cold here. Or at least it doesn’t get cold here for very long. It’s cold here right now. Cold enough that we’ve been under a hard freeze warning. And we’ve had lots and lots of rain. None of that makes for good shooting conditions. When you combine that with the fact that the afore-mentioned laptop had just gotten the last round of my photos onto it without a back-up, getting myself pulled together for 10 on 10 has been a bit of a stretch.
One of my goals for my photography is to continually be getting better at it. I’m not one to follow-through with 365 challenges or even 52 challenges. I just don’t have the attention span for it. I’d like to try some little project designed to improve my shooting each month, though. Recently I pinned a few blog posts with different photography improvement projects, and I need to remind myself to use those ideas when I’m shooting for 10 on 10.
This month I decided to go with the 20 Steps idea, which isn’t in the above posts. Essentially with a 20 Step project, you take a photo and then take 20 steps. Then you take another photo. Because the weather has been icky and because I’ve been lazy, the location of my shoot was in the backyard. SH was out doing a little yard work, and I just wandered right out in my pajamas to take a few pictures.
I apparently missed the beauty of this year’s camellia bloom. I’m hoping that the hard freeze we’ve had here in the last few days won’t affect all of those buds that have yet to open. I may not have technically taken 20 steps for each of these shots, but I meant to, and that’s what counts, right?
What projects are you working on this year with your photography, if any? What are you looking to improve this year? Have any potential project suggestions for me?
Now because this is a photography circle, please make your way to my friend Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid. If you’re here from Peregrination Gourmande, thanks for coming on around the Circle! Leave us some comment love on your trip, please because bloggers love comments. I hope you enjoy!