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This week is ‘night photography’ which is fortuitous as I’m getting home from work in the dark since the clocks went back. The prompts haven’t been too inspiring to me, but I’ve done them anyway of course.

Abbreviations you may come across during this post. AFAC~ airy fairy abstract concept. AAFP ~ annoying as F-bomb prompt. CBBP ~ completely bloody barking prompt.  HDBS ~ hippy dippy bull****. AWP! ~ Absolutely wonderful prompt!

Also- there may be swearing.

Day 318 ~ Brighten. ~ Today is the first day of Picture Style “Night” for the week. All week you are going to be practicing night photography.  Night photography is tricky and may require patience and practicing with various settings.  It is also helpful to shoot in RAW format and use a photo editing program. You may have to shoot with a higher ISO and not worry about the noise in the photo. Today’s word is “brighten”. For my subject photo, I took the shot during the blue hour and then adjusted my blacks and contrast to make the flames appear really bright. Taking the photo when it wasn’t fully dark outside allowed more of the subject to be visible. Don’t worry about perfection this week. Be patient with yourself and just hone your skills.Most importantly….Have fun!

I am no stranger to night shooting, so my pictures are not shot with a high ISO and a heap of noise. It isn’t THAT difficult for heavens sakes! Though as I couldn’t really make out what the prompt lady’s photo was – some lumps on stick that were on fire I think – I think it might have been harder for her. Brighten is a bit of a meh prompt (unless you have lumps on sticks I guess). I shot the lights that brighten my conservatory, a bit boring but it fits the prompt.

brighten

Day 319 ~ Vintage. ~ Find a vintage building, the darker the night, the better.  Take along a friend and some bright flashlights.  Your camera on a tripod is a must!  Settings: ISO 100-200, aperture f8-f11, shutter speed 30 seconds.  Wave the flashlights to illuminate your subject.  Because you are using a long shutter speed, it is not necessary for the entire building to be lit simultaneously. Take a test shot and adjust as necessary, beginning with adjusting shutter speed.Have fun!

Pfft. AAFP. I’ve been at work all day, it’s cold out, there’s no vintage buildings on our housing estate and my friend is in Spain. Doing vintage my own way today.

vintage

Day 320 ~ Prompt-Free. ~ Prompt Free Days often bring to mind the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”  Some days, we feel restricted by the prompt, but on other days, no specific prompt makes us feel lost by having no point of departure.Think about these prompt free days as a check-in as to how this project is changing you. What do you notice that you would have overlooked previously? What small moments in you day now feel bigger and call to be documented?Today is a blank canvas for which all of the other prompts have prepared you. Keep our eyes open and have fun!

I took myself off to my shed, and fannied on with flowers and water and sparkles. It was fun, for once.

prompt-free

Day 321 ~ Simple. ~ Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.  I myself have a hard time with ‘simple’.  I tend to overthink and overdo everything!  Night photography can be simple and fun! Why not try some cityscapes!  Remember to be prepared for the elements in November when you take your photograph.  I always make sure I take a flash light because trying to see my camera buttons can be tricky in the dark.  Remember safety too and take a friend if you are venturing downtown as I did. I made sure my camera was set on manual.  My settings were ISO 200, f11 and I used a 30 second exposure in order to let all that beautiful light into my camera.  I also manually focused my lens. I made sure my camera was on a tripod and I also used a remote to take the picture thus avoiding camera shake. It  would be so lovely to see the city lights of your home town. Or just take a picture of something simple at night!  Already that sounds complicated

Well Mrs. Cocktail~Dress I’m not shlepping off down town at night on my own, so I’ll make do with a shot of the housing estate I live on. These houses always remind me of the song Little Boxes which lots of different artists recorded as the theme tune for the TV series ‘Weeds’.

Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes all the same

I can vouch for the ticky tacky.

simple

Day 322 ~ Moon. ~ We’ve been asking you to stay up late this week with our Night theme and the timing is perfect to give Lunar photography a try with the full moon tomorrow! Not sure where to begin?  Here’s a starting point for your settings: An aperture between f/5.6 and f/11 with a shutter speed of 1/250sec – after all the moon is moving at 2,288 miles per hour! A low ISO and don’t overexpose –  the moon is brighter than you think! For a camera phone – check your settings newer models have a night mode or an app that offers a 2x zoom. You will also want to lower the exposure. Another trick is to take a photo through a pair of binoculars or a telescope. If the weather is unfavorable or your bedtime is too early no worries – consider capturing what your night looks like!

Well this is unnecessary so an automatic AAFP, we already did the moon back on day 266, but hey~ho, moon it is. Except it isn’t today really. Knowing the weather conditions were cloudy with a chance of meatballs, and the chances of the moon being visible on the day I needed it were slim to none, I pre-empted the scenario and took pictures of the moon on a previous night this week. It was still cloudy, but do-able.

moon

Day 323 ~ Music. ~ This one is hard to share! I don’t do well with high ISO and noisy photos – which is completely personal preference only.  My boys have a habit of playing their music before bed. Usually, they play separately in their own rooms, but it just so happened that this night Gavin went into Blake’s room and they were playing together. I didn’t want them to see me and ruin the candid moment they were having so I snuck down and did my best to capture this priceless moment without them knowing. I wasn’t completely prepared and wasn’t paying much attention to my camera settings at all because I was so intrigued with what they were doing. I tried fixing as much noise as I could post-processing, but I do like the moodiness of the photo.  (They still don’t know that I have these photos)!  

It’s probably best that they never do. That aside, we’ve had worse prompts n’est ce pas? When I say we, I mean me, or I even, and am throwing in a little French for diversity. Anyhoo we are in a musical house so this shouldn’t have been too hard but it was because there’s too much to choose from, from stereo equipment, to guitars and percussion instrument, cd’s, vinyl and ye olde cassette tapes. I took a few different ones and in the end Phil decided he liked this one best, for obvious reasons.

music

I quite liked this one myself!

music 2

Day 324 ~ Locks. ~ This week we are taking photos at night.  Not always an easy feat!  If you are photographing a building or any still object, using a tripod and a slower shutter speed is the easiest way to get enough light in to take your photo.  
This is an iconic hotel in downtown Ottawa.  It is situated right beside the first lock on the Rideau canal. I am also sure there are many locks on doors and windows in this hotel.  Locks come in many forms, padlocks, canal locks and even locks of hair.  Or you could lock something down.  Take a night photo of whatever locks you can find today.

Is it me or have there been a let up on the AAFP’s this week? I’ve been in my shed today, and it has a hefty padlock, so I waited until it got dark and took some shots of it.

lock

And that’s the end of night week. On the whole no great problems so am winning at nights!

I’m trying to get beyond my ‘can’t wait til this is over’ mentality and bump up some enthusiasm to do a good job. So gird your loins dear reader, I’ll be back next week with Rainbow Week!

(Kill me now! 🥴)

47 comments on “365 ~ 14th ~ 20th November

  1. beetleypete says:

    We had two ‘lava lamps’ when I still lived with my parents. There was a red one in my bedroom, and a bigger orange one in the lviving room. All the rage in the mid-1960s!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. We’ve got a few more than these, living the retro life here! 😁

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  2. Alex Good says:

    I’m thrilled by the fact that you have an actual conservatory. The name always makes me think of Professor Plum holding a candlestick in a suspicious manner.

    Love the shots of your street.

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    1. Yes we always commit our murders in the conservatory, you can see one of the candlesticks on the window sill, though we reserve that one for really annoying people. 🙂

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  3. I really liked the “cloudy with a chance of meatballs” comment! It’s probably good, I don’t know French! 🙂 Also, I thought the padlock photo was neat!

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  4. Jennie says:

    Ooo…I really liked this, FR. The lava lamps, the moon, and especially the record albums and twinkle lights.

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, FR!

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  5. Bookstooge says:

    Rainbow week?
    Is it too late to make a double murder/suicide pact with you? Because that’s going to be a rough one to read through and I can only imagine the toughness level of participating will be skyhigh.

    On a more positive and life affirming note, this week seemed to go ok. I really liked the picture of the moon.

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    1. Thanks Booky! I’m already working on rainbow week, it’s a bit bonkers as on top of the 6 other prompts there’s a scavenger hunt day where you have to have 9 different shots put together in a collage. Sigh.

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      1. Bookstooge says:

        So, poison, hanging or guns?
        😉

        I’ve got you covered, hahahaha.

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        1. I’ll get back to you on that! 😀

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  6. Liza says:

    Don’t know what I enjoyed most, your satirical narrative, the creative choices, or your expert photography! K, it’s a tie, love all of it! The image I had the most fun with was the “no prompt,” the flowers. When I enlarged it on my phone it became a terrific pattern and design for the imagination to fall into. So much fun!

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  7. richlakin says:

    I love the colours in brighten. Inspiration for my new office (when it’s ready in Jan).

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    1. Every office should have a lava lamp!

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      1. richlakin says:

        It should be compulsory

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  8. Mae Clair says:

    OOh, really loved all of these Fraggle. I think Simple, however is my favorite. It just looks so inviting to walk that street at night.
    And yay for lava lamps. I have two in my den where I write.
    Can’t wait to see what comes of Rainbow Week 😉

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    1. Thanks Mae, me too! 🤣

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  9. Don Ostertag says:

    Knockouts, Fraggle, knockout

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  10. Francis.R. says:

    A very nice week, a nocturnal one. I would feel unfair to point a favorite. Thank you, fragglerocking.

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    1. Hi Francis, thanks for visiting xx

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  11. Ah, the fabled Mrs. Cocktail Dress again 😉 Nice series of photos, I see Phil is a Marantz man like me! (I also have Bass, Drums, Piano etc. etc….)

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    1. He has a couple of Marantz thingies, but the stuff on the left is all Cyrus which is the main enchilada for CD’s and amps. The Marantz does blurays and surround sound discs. Cheers Steve.

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  12. Lovely moon! I also like the lock silhouette a lot.

    ✨🙏🕉🌱🌿🌳🌻💚🕊☯🐉✨

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  13. April Munday says:

    I fear the prompt ladies are running out of inspiration. It’s a good thing that you’re not. Down here the full moon was so bright that it cast a shadow.

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    1. Wish it had been here, but not a sign of it! Cheers April.

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  14. Great snaps; the stereos look like the daleks are invading!

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    1. Haha yes, thanks Eddie.

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  15. The prompts have certainly been challenging, but as usual, you have made the best of it!

    1. I love that you still have working lava lamps! (I had some too, but they either broke or went missing in a move along the way)
    2. Your vintage is beautiful!
    3. The flowers took my breath away!
    4. The street scene is my favourite this week – I can imagine the quiet only broken by your footfalls.
    5. I love the moon shot; so much atmosphere. (I didn’t see the moon at all this week)
    6. I like both your ‘music’ photos, but prefer the second one of the records under the table. Well done!
    7. The silhouette of the lock is perfect.

    Good luck next week – We are in this together! Cheers! 🍷

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    1. Thanks Connie, it wasn’t too bad a week in the end. Rainbows-R-US 😀 😀 !!

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  16. M.B. Henry says:

    These are all fantastic, but “simple” I think is my favorite. What a fantastic night shot! Night photography is a bit of a weak link for me, I’ve got a few great shots here and there but I still need a lot of practice balancing the low lighting.

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    1. Night shots are much easier if you use a tripod. You can keep your ISO low and Aperture small so get a good quality sharp photo. Cheers MB!

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  17. Magical use of light. For me, the first image is my favorite. Wonderful!!!! … plus you reminded me that I have a lava lamp from the mid-70s still alive and well. 🙂

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    1. Haha get it on the go!

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  18. Mary Smith says:

    It’s taken me a while to get to your post but worth the wait. Love the lava lamps (and that sculpture) and I really like ‘simple’.

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  19. steviegill says:

    This lady is very obsessed with high ISOs, maybe she should invest in some noise reduction software or a better tripod! Fun shots, love the lava lamps. One day I’ll buy myself a lava lamp 😀

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    1. They’re between 17 & 60 canadian dollars on amazon 🙂 Christmas present to self?

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  20. Oh Holy Night…I enjoyed every single one of these photos Fraggle, there is a mystique about the night, especially this time of year, when our light has conceded to the darkness. You leave for work and return in the dark, it’s eerie, no wonder we celebrate the light coming into the world. The lava lamp wins the prize! Oh and the moon…C

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