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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.

cu!
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jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 15

dips-and-lip

Zoe in the tub. Nice and moist (she and my camera). This was before I had time to ask husb for help with settings so this tub shoot has many willy nilly attempts to achieve something interesting by many random pushings of buttons.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 16

old dogwood neck

Using the b&w setting to understand why it is better to do this than to desaturate in pshop. I get it.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
June the 17

treading water

In the bathroom with the light off after a biggish scary storm. Scot showed me how to use the fstop setting. Got some other fun sparking pics from this too.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 18

sleep art

Combining the fstop and b&w fun. Not sure how to fix the almost too drastic contrast in the arms, but still pretty happy with it.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Welcome to the group!
The year may be half over, but there's half yet...looking good so far!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Never to late to join, or to learn!!
We're all learning here.... mostly about one another! Glad you joined!

I love the picture of the tree bark!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
i love the bark to0 and the sleeping baby -- I've been fooling around with post shot B&W processing too -- but you have a much better quality with what you've done here -- great work!
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 19

It has broken 90 here so the kids were playing sprinkler with this soggy neighbor boy in the yard.

soggy neighbor

thanks for the welcomes : j

Jennie
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Welcome on board! Have fun!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
love the water droplets!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
Welcome aboard!! LIke the bark shot!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I'll add my welcome to the others. Yes - have fun...good stuff here.

CollardGreens: Oops!
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
gee ! new girl
talented one !
and I didn't even say hello or welcome !
OK
now its done !
enjoy our DPD

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
man, you guys are very warm and fuzzy! the wonderful welcomes are working very well, thanks much.


JUNE the 20

Still feeling a little raw from taking this set of pics - lost my very special grandmother, Debo, a couple of years ago and decided today to walk up the street and steal some weeds I noticed and snap some pics for her. Queen Anne's Lace were her favorite flower - she'd gather them up and spray paint them for bouquets, even heard her talk about them in her sleep once when I spent the night.

for Debe
q.a.l. silhouette
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
My goodness, such impressive pictures, you are no beginner!

A warm welcome to the diary project, so refreshing to have someone new, particularly one so talented. Thanks for your visit.

Rob
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Welcome! I started late too, back in April.

You have some really nice pictures up!
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
*jumps onto the pile of well-wishers.

June 18th is a lovely peaceful shot. Works well in b/w.

Welcome to the group.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Rob - you really made my evening last night - thanks for the niceness. And I doublechecked with husb, Scot, on my beginner status- he confirms :) I have liked a lot of my point and clicks of the kids before now, but swear that this is the first week I've approached it as art and armed with anything beyond the automatic setting and the flower button...thingy.

glad I'm not the only latebloomer, hi and thanks, jallen.

and thanks you too, RPH. ouch, what if the name sticks?


JUNE the 21

It was either this or show you my pics of my spaghetti cooking - Zoe wins
my waif
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
This is a very very sweet picture!
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
What a cute and sweet picture!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Yep, Zoe is definitely a winner! Great shot......


LOL, little flower button thingy -- good one...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I love the sunlight in her hair, what a great portrait!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Hi there. I managed to hunt you down after you said hello on mine :)

The portrait is very sweet, you have a lovely daughter. And I love the 20th!

Keep it up, and welcome.
--
[Phil: Un agenda visuel]
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I agree with Rob...you may be new here but you are no beginner. Step up !

20th - great contrast / definition
21st - A face anyone would love

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jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
thanks for the Zoe compliments!

Phil - thanks and hello

Cgreens - I don't think I left a note in your thread yet, but your pics are all stunning and inspiring.

Pfft - 'no beginner' again...maybe my tweaks and fiddles in pshop are hiding all my lumps. I hope to learn how to get the light and shadows, etc. that I want eventually, but for now most all my pics are getting light to heavy petting in pshop.

like today's--- eldest boy, Ben-11, made me this for mom's day and I haven't wanted to take it down (yes, it ruled the big window thru father's day too), but guess it is time so I took pics first. Such an engineerish smartypants he is - cut it out and bent it up, stuck it ahead of the hole so it seems to fly. Even cut a leaf out of the colored paper stuck behind.

mother's day bird
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Lovely backlighting on the Zoe portrait.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
thank you, Rob

I've got a frustrated headache today. You all inspired me to do something that hermit-me has never done - took my camera out in public and took pics at the library and in the grocery store. I don't have an important looking camera, so I wondered what folks thought I was doing. I just acted like I had a job to do, obliviously.

Headache because my memory card got corrupted somehow and my first-ever brave Jennie pics are trapped. I downloaded something called Photo Rescue that found them and showed them to me- said want these on your hard drive? When I clicked yes, it said give me $30 first to get the key. Pffft! can't. The five free rescue programs I got of Cnet were useless. Any thoughts? Scrumptious virtual desserts to anyone able to help!

So...my card is in-op, but this pic counts for today because I was up trying to learn how to play with HDR past midnight. I don't think I've got it down yet, but I'm on a track.

glass
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
so hot and grimy here today and I've got two runts in bed with their fifth or so day of fever...seems right to have these two heads pop today, bright with heat.

fire in my bellies

got my pics from yesterday off the card finally!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
those flowers are stunning!!! Lovely shot!

I take it you managed to fix your memory card?

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
jelliajamb 11 years ago
i found a key for the program - shady sort of means, but it got the job done! About ten of these lillies bloomed today - wish I'd thought of a less odd presentation and one that showed off more buds, but to hot or humid to play for long. This is my hummingbird feeder with the tubes out.
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
Those flowers have just incredible form and color
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Lillies - nicely done. Don't be subject to "camera shy"...just aim and shoot like you own the place.

CollardGreens: Oops!
You have a great eye and lots of talent. Keep at it!

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
Honestly, your encouragement is so nice and so helpful. Thanks you guys.

This is somebody who seems to look like me, reading their very own poem in their long awaited copy of Ruminate magazine, in a homey homely nightdress from m-i-law. I'm so pleased with how classy and high-brow looking the print version of the mag is. The art and photos are delicious and the formatting is super creative. Haven't written in a month, just clicking instead. Maybe this'll inspire me. Here's the poem, the fancy link I tried to make didn't work: flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=623655702&size=l

wet-rumi
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sweet pictures... :)

I'm trying to beat the HDR thing over the head myself... it's a neat concept. :)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
You are really working at your photography, and it shows. Thanks for the showing us the poem too, you have every reason to be proud (published in The Guardian has a certain ring to it).
jelliajamb 11 years ago
A PS to my post... I edited out my natty oh-so-natty nightdress. WHAT was I thinking? Something about cool clear water in my face brought me to realize that no, I didn't want to be on the web in my goofy nightie. Couldn't even wait for dry hairdo to replace it : j

jallen - there's a neat powerpoint presentation and downloadable action here: 360vr.com/HDRforDummies/

Rob - thanks! I was ridiculously excited about that Guardian poem. I need to find a place to ask hopelessly newbie photog questions. Is there a place like that on Flickr? Some things I can find out just by google search, but others I'm not sure how I'd search on em.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
I was taking the Bambino's pizza boxes out to the recylce bin, rubbed my bare feet in Monk's big black furry cat belly, and noticed that the swing tree looked extra inviting this morning - i guess from the colossal rain and lightning storm last night.

morning swing tree
sunshinecity 11 years ago
well congrats on your poem being published, it's very beautiful!
I like your photo of the tree too! Something very reassuring about it!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The swing looks indeed inviting. I'm trying to get a bearing here - in which part of the usa do you take these lovely photos?

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jelliajamb 11 years ago
shine - you're so nice. Reassuring is a great word for it. Then again I do know where its rot spots are and it does sway partly over my kitchen nook...

Cgreens - I'm in considerably less bright & shiny NC.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah, I liked you in your nightdress, it wasn't at all risque, and looked very comfortable. The replacement picture is just as good,anyway, and more colourful.

There must be groups on Flickr to address newbie questions. Do a search under "Groups" on your home page, or look for a group dedicated to your particular camera. There are some incredibly active groups on this wonderful Flickr, and I know I have seen several which dispense advice.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Rob- ha! that's my point, I'm much too hermit-like to be cozy with anyone having the means to form an opinon of me in my nightdress, risque or nay!
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 27

Zoe is at the tail end of a nasty sick that Jarod shared with her. I noticed the sun on all the legs under table while I was feeding her. This is 'Uh-oh, spaghettio'

Uh-oh spaghettio
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Uh oh! haha

Hey thanks for that HDR link!!!!
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
welc, jallen - I'm assuming the result is inferior to doing it manually, but it's all I've the brain for now
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 28

Its never enough...

mini Guin
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hahaha.... cute photo. So well executed. eminds me of Alice in Wonderland!

I like that little leg dangling from the chair too!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
...one pill makes you smaller and another makes you tall !
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
And a pint of Guinness makes you believe in anything.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sometimes I wonder if one could ever get desparate enough to crack open one of these tiny bottles. I'm sure beer expires, I've had this one awhile... Guinness is lovely, but I'm a Beamish girl, myself.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JUNE the 29

Zoe seems mostly better so time for a good post-sick bath. She refuses to potty train these days - makes this pic all the funnier to me, but somehow I'm thinking this one doesn't work in general. A little funny, but mostly odd...

potty-tub-girl
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
ha ... sweet picture! It works very well. I can't tell the camera used, but the vignetting around the edges give it a nice subtle feel. And her expression is quite cute.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Oh good, thanks.
I've had this camera a few years, so I'm sure it has been technologically demoted by now, it's an Olympus C-3000 Zoom. I did do moderate-heavy petting in photoshop on this. I was thinking of a 1-5 scale like Ladybadtiming's, only for heaviness of Pshop pets per photo.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
I suspect her scale has nothing to do with photoshop :)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I love it ! good composition and mostly the look on Zoe's face...like "why ?" Good stuff
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Rick - I figured as much!

and thank you Greens and Itiner - I'm happy knowing this one works for more than just a fam shot.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Husb took me to a celtic cafe last night and we walked around sharing the camera for a little afterward. I found this funny messy bride there. It was through a window and it was sunset/about to storm so it took shop fiddling to make it look ok.

After dark beer & dark round things I had a great steak salad with my fave, bleu cheese. Also got a nice feeling pic of the ride home blur.

the messy bride
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
great pics, Jellia !
:-)
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Thanks Ladybad -all 3-5's on my scale, but pretty much a consistent flatline on yours : _)
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
JULY the 1

REALLY hard to pick one today - had a great time taking pics in the garden after the rain and also got a few with Zoe and the bubblegum machines at Walmart (in da stream) when we were stuck due to storm.

I'm playing with only uploading my pic of the day here and putting the rest up at picasa google. I use picasa for my photo archiving program, plus it looks nicer than I can manage here without a pro acct. We'll see. Here's my set-up there

hand2
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
Very nice red. And a great closeup.
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
Nice photo !
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I love your garden shots!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
jelliajamb 11 years ago
JULY the 2

mixed dyes, wrong dyes. Wanted cherrywood, got ilovepetermurphy. Actually reddish on the whole crown where I'm almost all grey, but fonkblack elsewhere. This looks a lot better than it is...

gothgirl dyejob - ouch
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Old Rasputin and eggNbread thingies...celtic attitude for sure.

CollardGreens: Oops!
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
Hi CG : )
JULY the 3

Here's a collage made from the 2 frogs that live on my kids' pediatrician's wall. Too much sick in the house for too long, but she says we'll live.

the struggle
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Lovely group - I HATE being a quitter, but I am, I am dropping out. I'm still going to poke and mosey at your streams to get delight and inspiration and an a-ha when I need to learn something new about taking pictures.

especially thanks to the encouraging several of you because you are so encouraging. I need to pare back the time I spend on fiddly stuff because I've got a much larger attention span for fiddling than anything else. Give me a little fiddle and a I take a mile. Maybe I'll be a grown-up one day.

I left my new plain old album address on my stream.

THANK YOU!!
Jennie
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
sorry to see you go but understand how time constaints can do you in. Take care
sunshinecity 11 years ago
awww... and we were just getting to know you. I hope you do wander back sometime in the future.
You'll be missed!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept 1

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I've wanted to play here and there, but made myself not because I know I won't keep up with it, but I give in. I'm sorry not to have the sticktoitiveness of the rest of you. Let me know if fickle members are frowned on. Got up at 6 to take some historic pics today. I've been practicing plenty, but most definitely not everyday. Homeschool is in big fat full swing.

and thanks for the encouragement to return in that last note sunshine...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Hmmm, this is my first visit, been away for a while, and I really enjoyed your thread.

I hope you'll be back, even if it's not every day...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Jennie, my first visit for two months, and I see you've been away for a while. I am glad you're back though, and like PSS, I hope you continue to post, if not every day, occasionally. I really like the lines and textures here.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
hi PSS and thanks!

nice to see you again, Rob. I like seeing the art pop out in these colonial buildings.

Sept 2

too early

Zoe looking asleep at the wheel, getting ready for church. Today was the last day for me teaching this set of second graders. They got bearably mature half way through the year - almost hate to see the next bunch of wigglies coming in.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept 3
worker bees

My back went out. I am bent at an 80 degree angle to walk. But look how faithful - I hobbled out to take a picotheday. The kids were working hard in the yard to get money for a wii.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept 4

Much more stuck in bed for me, me nerve is pinched now (not that I only have one- got plenty of nerve). feels like a tarantula bite or big hornet sting when it goes off. One perk is the occasional soft bedmate. Zozo crawled up for a nap so I made Ben run and get my camera. A little fun in an otherwise mindNumbing day.

with Lamby
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sorry about the painful pinched nerve. Well done on still getting the pictures.
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
thanks Rob - soon my bedhead will be worse than the back pain. I think I've only a day left before getting around.

I need help picking a pic to enter in an amateur photography contest at Old Salem. They have different categories and I shot for architecture and also flowers. I think I have to choose only one, not sure.

pick a door

1. P1010084, 2. P1010051, 3. P1010049, 4. P1010066, 5. 1, 6. P1010038, 7. P1010014, 8. P1010047, 9. P1010005
.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Tough choice ... A3 and B3 get my votes.
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
thanks for casting, Rick! I'd never seen that type of sweetpea before. very creamy.

Here are some cobblestones I forgot from an earlier 'roll'
picasaweb.google.com/mejantastic/OldSalem/photo#510004546...

and one more flower contender: picasaweb.google.com/mejantastic/OldSalem/photo#510004618...
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
(dang picassa is denied through the corp firewall)
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
Rick - funny to allow flickr and not picasa - flickr is much more tempting, playful and distracting

Sept 5

My second Jude the Obscure shoot - not as magazine-looking as the first. I'm so very ready for a crisper camera. This one is very disappointing sometimes. Seems color poor to me too. Whine. I did like how this one came out, though.

P1010051
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept. 7

I'M STILL partially bedbound. Other bummer is that I'm down to one 8mb card on my camera - too of them corrupt. Just not enough dough for a rebel yet so I may send them off for fixin.

today gets a coffee table shot

coffee table
Here are some tips on keeping memory cards from corrupting.

Never erase your card on the computer. Download the contents but say no when your computer program asked you if you want to erase them.

After you disconnect your card from the computer, then erase them on your camera by pressing select all--erase etc.

Then re-format your card. That is the important part. Why? Because when you are erasing the images you are only putting them in the trash and essentially they are still on your card. When you re-format you are emptying the trash.

Great shots and take care of yourself.
I'm partial to this one by the way:
P1010038
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I also love the P1010038!

Good tips. I figure my camera knows what do with the cards better than my computer does- there's thousands of different ways to use cards on the computer and all.

I don't format often enough though, but I will. :)

You have a wonderful picasa web album! I especially love the master bricks.. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh by the way, I hope you get well soon and can get up and move about and put that backache past you
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I like both of the flower shots in that matrix above.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept 8

You guys's notes cheered me up - thanks! That brick sculpture is in a Walmart parking lot, Jallen. Odd, huh? I love it- the girl feels creepy real.

My card actuallyl got corrupted when my batteries quit mid-click.

Besides one not so comfy outing, I'm STILL prettty much in bed. Proof:
P1010057

Tomorrow's my bday - another uncomfy outing and likey more sucking pillow.
Happy Birthday tomorrow.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Happy Birthday!!! (Is it tomorrow yet? ;-)

Gypsy, erasing the pictures before formatting is not necessary and actually shouldn't be done. There are a finite number of cycles (erase/write) that can be done on Flash memory. Erasing the pictures changes the status bit and forces a re-write of the File Allocation Table, which then gets re-written with the format. This might be nit-picking, actually, as the number of cycles is really big (can't recall exactly from memory , but it's in the order of magnitude of 100 000 times I think)...
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Thank you LaMaq, Thank you PaScubSa :)
and PSS- I love the beer pics on your stream. I'm a dark beer girl. I have one of Rasputin somewhere - maybe in this thread.

Yep, tomorrow is today. I'm 36 and it didn't take a lot of fanfare for the whole thing to go through. I thought I was 36 this whole past year though, so the uneventfulness is not a letdown.

I got a pack of sour skittles, two mutil-colored handmade marble frames (or granite?) and flowers- both from sis and her man, and my son wrapped up his Narnia Chronicles set in paper and gave it to me. I bought myself some antique optical lenses to partner with some photoshop tiny collages I'll make and turn into necklaces.

Here's part of the bouquet:
bday flowers 005
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Sept 10

i'm squeezing this into the last minute of being awake. These are some creases that I found on the couch. They look awfully naked, don't they. Tea and pillow time.

creases
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Missed your birthday; happy birthday in retrospect. I liked the picture of your bouquet.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Thanks Rob. I really loved your pic of kids on the beach. If they're not relations, I bet their parents would pay at least an arm to have a nice print of it.

getting today's out of the way early

Sept. 11

after a starry night
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jelliajamb Posted 11 years ago. Edited by jelliajamb (member) 11 years ago
Thank you!!!!!

I'm going to be booted for monotonousness, but I'm in a slump and Zoe is so easy...

Zoe on a Wednesday morning 006

I don't know; my tinkering left her left leg a little leprosy-ish. She had a Care Bear in the sink there and was checking his vitals. I don't think she had the stethescope on in this shot. I promis to try something daring or at least outside the house soon. All the world trekkers around here put me to shame, but I guess somebody has to keep the homefires burning.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I'm a geek. Please pardon me-

Right now, I'm wearing a T-Shirt that says:

"There's no place like 127.0.0.1"

Which translates into:

"There's no place like home" The joke being 127.0.0.1 is the "home address" of your computer- every computer matter of fact.

There really is no place like home. Thus- no shame at all. Many world travelers- they really would rather be home. Simon-K for example with his bad luck!
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