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I am 8.5 months pregnant. I have enough stress simply being pregnant.
I do not need your “helpful advice” on epidurals, labor and delivery, or my choices for diapering/feeding/child-rearing. You had your chance, and made your choices, and now I get to make mine.
More than that, I especially don’t need my own fucking family, in-laws especially, mocking my decision on epidurals, feeding, or cloth diapers; or making less of it than what it is. I’m having a hard enough time adjusting to the fact that I’m about to be a mom, and you are less than a help as it is.
If I want an epidural, I’ll make the decision. If I want to feed my child shitty food like you did, I’ll make the decision. If I want to wrap my child’s ass in newspaper and duct tape, I’ll make that decision. It is your job to support me. Do your fucking job.
Day 12: what’s white balance?
White balance is what allows your camera to balance out colors by having a set “idea” of what neutral is. Most DSLRs have an option to set white balance manually using white balance cards; not my camera. I have a choice of the following:
Of course, the Open Shade and Daylight are the best options for my white balance setting; I’ve been shooting on auto up until now. I need to do a test run on indoor shooting and see what I come up with. But I’ll have to edit this with those results at another time, because I killed the last set of batteries with this shoot. (I really should get some rechargeable lithiums.)
Day 8-11: the exposure triangle | scales | in camera metering
These three days are all about how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture fit together to make a picture properly exposed, and technically lovely. While I understand that ISO 200 is half as sensitive as ISO 400, and 1/1000 is twice as fast as 1/500… it doesn’t help my comprehension and application of the concepts. Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. Instead, I can remember this:
If anyone else made this, it would be a bucket list. But this really isn’t a bucket list - just a reminder of all the things I want to do before… whenever. Definitely before I die, but preferably before the next ten years go by. Maybe even the next couple of years.
This is, of course, ever-evolving (I hope). As goals are met, new ones are made. It’s what keeps us alive. Stop moving and die.
Day 5-7: understanding aperture | tackling depth of field
(view photos from L-R, top to bottom)
While I don’t fully understand aperture (yet), thanks to these pictures, I get bokeh and depth of field (sort of). I need practice, obviously. I mean, I get that aperture is how wide the lens is open and that depth of field is affected by the aperture because of the amount of light available to capture the shot. But somehow… it’s just not clicking yet. Maybe with the next lesson, it will.
Since everyone thinks you ought to be drinking yourself stupid today, as all good Irishmen should, I think a good toast is in order. “Erin go bragh” is overrated.
"It’s Irish for, ‘you’re fucked’." —Murphy MacManus
Day 4: controlling the faucet - learning ISO
(Woo hoo! Batteries in the camera! Maybe one of these days I’ll start up another stock of rechargeables - I’ll need them for the kid, anyhow.)
"ISO is a measurement of how your camera responds to light." Low ISO = sharper photos; high ISO = grainy or noisy photos. The lesson this time was more of an observational exercise - lock your shutter speed and change ISO by one ‘click’ per photo, then see what shutter speed your camera has chosen.
Alternating from top left: ISO 80, 1/500; ISO 80, 1/750, f3.2; ISO 100, 1/750, f3.2; ISO 200, 1/750, f4.5; ISO 200, 1/1000, f4.5; ISO 400, 1/1000, f6.3
I’ll be honest, this exercise didn’t do much for me. I don’t know if it’s because I moved my shot too much (shaky hands, even perched on my knees), and therefore changed the lighting; or because I still haven’t permanently grasped shutter speed. I still keep having to remind myself. I’ll probably go back to shutter speed tomorrow, then re-do Day 4 with a steadied camera.
Day 5 is Part I of Understanding Aperture; there is no lesson, so I’ll just use that as my Day 5 tomorrow, and mash Day 5 and Day 6 together.