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jelliajamb 11:27am, 19 June 2007
eye eye in rose
I'm starting half way through the year - the odds are better for me this way. I've been studying and writing poetry obsessively for the past year and a half. I reached my goal of getting published a few times and it turned out to be an anti-ciimax, so I'm regrouping and learning how to take pictures-on-purpose while I take a break from writing so very much.

I'm a homeschool mama of three kids, I'm fiddling with digital collage, listening to a lot of music, starting my own chapbook publishing business and doing a little down syndrome awareness stuff with my daughter. My husband took photography in high school and started expaining f-stop/shutter/etc. business to me this week. A lot of my pics right now are to practice this stuff. This diary is to track me progress. Since I started taking the on purpose pics on the 15th - I'll start there.

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ItinerArts 11 years ago
More great shots of the kids (among others)! I need to check in more often.

jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
Jallen, are you one whose family has to go to the basement and switch off the power to get you to come to dinner, then? I dated a guy whose furious mum did that. Very clever shirt and very appropos to NOW.

Itner- thanks and same to you- I've just been able to peek in more threads the past day or too and see what I've been missing. So many kind and interesting people in this group, so little unaccounted for time.

Sept. 13

An old neighbor/close friend came to town for dinner last night. It was Magic! I'm still enjoying it even though she's gone. Got one of her and one of us. Here's the her shot. Reminds me of Juliette Binoche?

Dragonhide 11 years ago
Yeah, Juliette!!! wow. :)

I'm not QUITE that bad... see, I like food too. hehehe
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept 14

I'm supposed to turn in the finished products for the down syndrome awareness campaign tomorrow, but so far have only come up with one poster. One bad thing about creative work is waiting for the inspiration. I'm hitting flickr's ds groups for help in a min. I put Zoe on the billboard last year, so can't really use her again ; ) Today I have to work up something to put in OBgyn offices to help those considering terminating pregnancies understand that there are important positives they might not be aware of (termination rate is 90%), so they can have balanced info making their decision. When Zoe was born a surprise I had thought having DS meant she was going to be a vegetable! I think seeing her alert peepers could educate people like me.

there were much sunnier and more alert peepers out of this set of pics, but this dancing ghost's between smiles thinking moment is still my fave....SEPT 14

Zoe on a thursday morning
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
I read an article in the last Vanity Fair, about Henry Miller
where it appears he had (H is out but the child is alive, in his forties) a secret down syndrome son
who came out to be quite a bright guy
very intersting
all the best for your campaign !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
ragged division [deleted] 11 years ago
Beautiful portrait of your friend (and of you both on your site) !
As for Zoe she is so cute and beautiful I am always looking at your pages for the next photo! ;-)
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Thanks Lady Bad - it is interesting finding out recognizable figures whose kids have DS. The only other I can remember of the top of my head is the obnoxious cranky dr on the tv show Scrubs - surely you wouldn't get it there - its pretty bad.

And I appreciate the wonderfully sweet comment on Zoe's pics, Christian, thank you

I didn't post for a few days because my last itty biddy smartmedia went corrupt in the middle of writing a pic. I did nothing wrong, but am still camerales until I find somewhere that doesn't seem scammy to send them for repair. My reader isn't able to do the fix trick I found on the web.

Until then, I'm making do with the kids' cameras. Here is a dramatic, sort of sad and sort of disgusting
SEPT the 18

the other three pics I got of this pair are actually pretty in a wierd way, but I had to post this one because of the poor poor look on this little bee geyser's face.

it just doesn't get scarier
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh.. nightmare material, that last pic!! haha

Sweet Zoe is very cute, and a great photo!
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Jallen- nature can be so yuck or at least creepy, eh? and thanks about the Zoe pic.

Sept the 19

this fits my slow, sort of not here mood today. I've got a crud load of paperwork to do for this and that and just keep rearranging the pile of it on the table. When I do the world over, the moody creative types will all be exempt from mundane duties. I wonder if it will work!

I took a walk today and found a fig bush, which reminded me of one of Rob's entries. I got some nice fig blossoms with Jarod's cam.

Hope you all have as gooda weather as we have here. sweet, light, breezy mild.

jelliajamb 11 years ago
I've avoided my own head pretty carefully when taking pictures lately. I decided that if I could paint myself with smudgy pixels it would be ok and maybe even fun. It were! Today's set of My Own Head Day self-pics were inspired by Jallen's topless on a cold morning pic, btw. Jallen - I'll comment on it in your stream with my full reasons for appreciating it so much when I get a chance!

Sept the 20

my own head day 1
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
and a postscript Wahoo! Thanks to the picking help for the Old Salem contest. Sweet Pea was a fave of the President's and won Presidential Pick. The portrait of the dude in the gunshop won Honorable Mention in the people category. Once I see the winners I will know what they are looking for and how to sweep the thing up next year. My Chosen Ones be on their site by Oct. and I got two $21 general addmission tickets. I was after a membership, but as I said...next year...
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept the 21

I'm babysitting niecenephs so no time, but introducing Monk as in Thelonious...

laundry cat
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sweet, bright-eyed self-portrait there. And your one of Zoe at the top of the page is super. She seems so serene. Law of the jungle on Sept 18.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Rob, you were probably born nice, weren't you? thanks much

We went to Reynolda Gardens today, still with the kids' cameras which I'm slow to figure out are better than mine. Rather than pay to uncorrupt the cards of mine I'm going to buy a Canon S3 IS. Can't stand to wait until I have the cash for a Rebel and the pics I saw on Camera Finder look just lovely. I like the flippy screen because I always seem to end up piccing in odd places.

But anyway..Reynolda was GORGEOUS (looks odd spelled there) with not so ordinary flowers. The whole lot of them is up at picasaweb.google.com/mejantastic, but I stuck a few faves up in my stream here. Here is husband that I haven't introed before.

Sept the 23

A sipping Scot in b&w
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Haaa!! So you dug up the topless in the snow picture.. hehe I was feeling particularly spunky that day. You have me burning with curiosity now! Burning would be good on that day.. *brrrr*

What's not to like about your sweet face.. bright sparky eyes and all! :)

Cool picture of the husband getting all refreshed and such. :)
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
Jallen - haven't had much play time, but still plan on leaving a comment on that pic. I thought the spunkiness clashing with the cold came out incredibly deep, or something like that.

oh and husb says this pic is bad- didn't like what the michelle black b&w action did to his skin. I told him that's just art.

I'm breaking up with excitement. Ended up a good thing that my cards all pooped out on my poor obsolete 3.3 Olympus because tomorrow my Canon S3 IS comes in the big brown truck. WHAAA! I didn't think I could be so excited for anything less than a Rebel, but the pics with it here on Flickr look good and I don't think I've very near graduating to slr anyway. Anyway- I'm SO EXCITED...

i hate waiting:
Sept the 25

rush hour
Dragonhide 11 years ago
That rush hour picture is great!!!!!!

I'm excited for you getting a new camera! :)
jelliajamb 11 years ago
I've worn a hole in the UPS tracking system - it was on its way to my city at 1:46 am from a hub that's two hours away..... I bought crockpot stuff because I'm going to be busy retaking every photo I've every taken with my old camera so that I can compare.

here is the last entry before my very own fresh one (I'm finding it very sentimentally difficult to turn the Olympus over to my sister. Like a car that's been with you a while):

Sept the 26
a little moldy, a little dirty i can relate to this

moldy angel
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Lovely, emotional shot.

I have the Canon S2 -- I love that camera (bunean and a number of others in the group use the same model). It is a very flexible and capable camera. The S3 improves somewhat on the S2. I especially like the macro setting and the ability to bracket your exposures. It opens up a world of possibilities in Photoshop and in camera.

I've dog-eared the manual. The super-macro setting is not obvious (at least not on the S2), press and hold the macro button for about 3 seconds. It's a great camera, you will love it.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Great picture..... !!!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Jenny
Well, I hope I wasn't born evil, although every now and then I wonder...

Tell your husband he's full of sh1t, that's a great B&W with lovely contrast. As is the last. Have fun with the new camera.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Thanks Rick - an endorsement from you goes far with me, so I'm happy to hear to you like the S-family. I saw that very little changed between the S2 and 3 so I almost ordered the 2 to save dough, but the LCD is a little bigger so I went for it. The S5 seems to be mostly improved in the video dept. and I've got a video camera for that sort of thing so not so interested. The supermacro is so drastically different from the 1.5' away pics I got with my Olymp! So much fun.

and thank you Jallen, and Rob - I'll tell no such thing! But thank you :)

and DUH DUHN DAH.......first post with the new

Sept the 27

She's got me
she's got me

I love being able to twist the viewfinder to the front and be in the pictures without a mirror or a timer...and much more, but I won't be boring. The rest of my happy new pics in stream.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
SEPT the 28

I finally ripped out the ratty and overwhelming groundcover that has grossed up the garden bed by the front door. It is pretty at its best with pink green and white leaves, but gets obnoxious. Stinks when you break it - a clingy and invasive sweet but very yuck smell, Found this green dude while ripping and thought he looked nice on this knot.

round I go
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Oct the 3

Got some delicious fair pics ( www.flickr.com/photos/jellia/ ) and can't believe how many shots were screaming at me from every direction. Couldn't slow down to take anything that required focus because I had to stick with the ever moving pack. Husb got sick (the real kind) on the second ride ( www.flickr.com/photos/jellia/1478348088/ ) so he was pretty miserable the rest of the night. SO glad to have the new camera. Rick- if you see this, I've been contemplating writing you with a low light question in ref to this camera, if that's ok...

Dragonhide 11 years ago
WOW, great pictures!!! You did good with the new camera!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
love that sky!
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Carnival rides are my favorite things to take pictures of. This is a lovely shot.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Good stuff with the new camera. Really tender, beautiful, mother-and-child, and the sunset really silhouettes the action in the fairground one. Your caterpillar neatly composed (and exposed).
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Jellia -- send me your question. I can't guarantee an answer, but I will try. I love your fair pics -- yummy indeed.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Thanks guys, *happily grins*.

Rick - thanks much. coming inaminute.

I've had this nest for awhile and saw today that the egg halves I had had multiplied into eggshell triplets. Somehow turned into:

Oct the 4
Eggs of a Feather

Eggs of a Feather
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Joined a group for my camera (was reading the first posts when I got your suggestion, Rick - mediocre minds...) and found a link to a Ken Somebody who seems to be somebody and read his tips for using the Vivid setting and -2/3 exp and wah! It does make a difference. Looking for more tips tonight.

I love this shiny maroonish colored ant:

Oct the 5

snacking ant
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
That's a good tip. I'm gonna try that out this weekend.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Rick - tell me what you think, I'm really enjoying it.

Oct the 6

contemplating opening starting another flicker acct - Jellia the 2? Had to delete about 100 photos last night to keep old favorites from falling off. I wanted my whole learning trek in one spot, but the budgét is not made for frivolious pro accounts.

On another note - house is scary clean from Chicago company last night. I'm used to working with a layer of domestic guilt hovering overhead - not sure how to act.

Me on the clean floor:
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Oct the 7

These pics of Monk make him look like a fluff-bitten kitten, but he's really a 15 pound chubby guy. I got a stiff neck taking this pictures because it took me a while to realize I could go and get a latter.

Muskrat cat
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wow, that's a fabulous self-portrait... the eyes positively shine through.

Monk.. hehe It took me a minute to realize I'm not looking at a seal... nice shot!
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
ToBeJ: yeah - I guess I don't really know what a muskrat looks like, but I kept thinking of that when I saw it - seal makes more sense.
Thanks on the portrait. I had just woken up and wanted to take pictures, but I was tired in pjs and my legs were sore from pt so I just jellysplatted on the floor.

Oct the 8
took a fam walk at a local park to shake of cabin fever. I always think I can feel a wave of annoyance with my shutterbugging, but could be that artist temperment being sssensitive. What's with the aquarium rocks at this fountain?

oh say can you drink me
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hahahaha that IS funny about the aquarium rocks!

You get used to the feeling of being watched when you are out and about with the camera.. I think more or less we are ignored, and it's our ultra-sensitive radar going off falsely. It's even worse when you have a zoom lens.. You feel all spy-like.. hehe
jelliajamb 11 years ago
oh, no- I meant fam annoyance. Bit of a guilt trip like maybe taking pics on family outings is being there in body, but not in spirit. I did take my first stranger pic on this trip. They seemed very happy - big toothy grins over it, but the pic was crap : )
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Oct the 9

am planning to go to Ballonfest later this month to get some shots of the hot air balloons. I won't be in the 'inner circle' though so not sure what I'll get. here be a park pic..

follow the sepia brick road
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh the, "MOM! Not the camera AGAIN!" feel?

I've got a trick- a zoom lens where you can sneak up to your own family and take closeups and they never know.

Or just ignore their protesting, and be sure to take breaks so you're there IN spirit. :)

My Dad used to annoy the living poop out of me with the camera and then later camcorder when I was young. Now I am SO grateful for it. I only wish I didn't roll my eyes so much- there are many photos of me showing the whites of my eyes.. LOL
jelliajamb 11 years ago
living poop : )
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
yes, goshdurnit, sure as H-E-double hockey sticks did!


A quick aside- my wife, who is from Spain- English is not her first language, obviously.. After about 5 years of knowing my Dad finally asked me about his favorite cursing expression:

"So, why does your Dad always say 'Cheese Whiz' when he's mad?"
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
JTBD -I grew up with cornball cussing too, but my grandmother put a nice eccentric twist on things - for example her faves were "horse snort" and "in a pig's ear". Maybe that is normal in some parts of the world, who knows!

Oct the 10

I'm trying to learn textures, but after lots of thinking and layering and painting, I decided this photo was weak to start with. Just chalking up to practice towards my version of perfect, I guess.

catching daisies
...Jennie 11 years ago
Started my new Flickr account because I hated to see my old favorites being knocked off the stream. From here hence, I be 'The Other Jellia' (so my hordes of drooling fans can find me).
...Jennie 11 years ago
a smile back

So, I'm in this moot hypothetical battle - I could have had a Canon Rebel if I'd gone four or so months without a camera or do what I did and get the IS now. The ever greener grass . Which brings me to ever blue Carolina skies and ever-changing leaves.

Oct the 11

next to fall
...Jennie Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ...Jennie (member) 11 years ago
Oct the 12

I was sitting at Borders reading 'Understanding Exposure" and the author gave specific permission for contrived shots. I still feel really idiot and guilty. This is a dead yellowjacket that I killed in Zoe's room and used tweezers to put on a picked pansy on top of a black seat cover. There. I feel sooo much batter! Funny thing is that I kept thinking it looked wrong (besides its being dead) and then researched to find that yellow jackets don't do the pollen thing and have little to do with flowers. pffft. the other one: flickr.com/photos/jellia2/1543173645/

...Jennie Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ...Jennie (member) 11 years ago
Oct the 13

I'm clearly getting sick. Hope Zicam works. I promised my neice, Alice, I would pick her up at 7am (it's 6:21 now) and take her for bagels and a photo shoot. I got a headache and dreamed I was married to a Sumo wrestler and was finally getting up the nerve to tell him that if he rolled over on me in bed, I might die. He got mad at me an then I looked outside and shrieked, "Its the golden hour!" and grabbed my camera, whacking it on the doorframe and outside I stuck it on a fence for support to get what looked like the northern lights or something magic, but put it right in a spider web and three BIG scary ones got on me and I was hyperventilating which woke me up. Awesome because I had turned the alarm off and Alice would have been heartbroken if I didn't show up. Sister would have been mad.

Here's my punkin at the apples:

ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
I likeit all-- a lovely self-portrait, beautiful shots of the kids,and a scarily wonderful insect-predation shot!

...Jennie 11 years ago
thank you, IA. I enjoyed a peek at yours this morning as well. I'm just dying to visit the fonkified Albania now. Who knew?

Oct the 14

My very first actual gold during the golden hour...my shoot with Alice was swell. Great practice. I found out that I don't have suffiicient skills to put the portraitee at ease, though. I went blank for pleasant, funny, or just anything to say and ended up telling her about my sumo/spider dream and her face got strange and a little awful so it didn't really help my cause. We figured it out, though.

...Jennie 11 years ago
Oct the 15

I'm going back to this spot at sunrise next weekend to get some more pictures. It has huge castle-y looking buildings and ducks and geese and trees and flowers. yum.

in Midas' pond
...Jennie 11 years ago
Oct the 16

clean babies and shifting moods. bipolarity sucks, but clean babies don't . Here's mine:

...Jennie 11 years ago
oct the 17

this boy's mom seemed very reluctant at first, but was way chummy after an hour of chatty clicking. Got a bunch of golden yummers of him.

golden boy
...Jennie Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ...Jennie (member) 11 years ago
in memory of Oct the 18


Over a dozen years and sometimes the thing (disorder, illness?) can still surprise me. It has been an extrordinarly 'bp' week (bipolar).
...Jennie 11 years ago
Oct the 19

I've always hated these flowers, but had never looked up close. Better looking that way. This would be the morning that I woke up at 4:30 and decided by 6 that I should sell my brand new camera on ebay (and did)

at the pond
...Jennie 11 years ago
Oct the 20

and this was the day someone bought it. I actually made $40 bucks more than I paid : ).

...Jennie 11 years ago
Oct the 21

Manic or no, I decided to go ahead with my whole crazed plan that seemed to be behind my selling the thing. I ordered a Nikon D40 and it will come on Wed or Thurs in time for Balloonfest on Sat.

I've been lurking at Circuit city and target, playing with the demo until it finally comes. Obsessive twit.

canada geese
...Jennie 11 years ago
Oct the 22
Well, one more episode b-yond me. All an uncomfortable blur but an slr on the other side : )

Husb had some complaints about the feathers in the tub not making sense, but somehow I can live with it. Falls in with soft sweet stuff.

Dragonhide 11 years ago
feathers in a tub.. who is to argue with art in process? Very nice!

And that Nikon D40? Swell camera... my sister has one, I enjoyed fooling around with it last time she was here.

bp isn't fun- I don't personally suffer from it, but many of my close friends do.
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