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October 13, 2010

Good Day Sunshine – Picture Fall, day 13

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 7:49 pm
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I really struggled with today’s photo prompt.  I took 25 pictures before I settled on one that met my satisfaction – both for interpretation of the prompt as well as my personal creativity.  I think I should give you the full text of today’s email prompt; maybe then you’ll have an idea about why I struggled so much.  Or maybe you’ll just think I was thinking about it too much:

       What happens when you haven’t seen the sun in weeks? You find your own sun of course! Although the fruits of summer have gone, fall brings all kinds of gifts. With a bounty of pomegranates, pumpkins and persimmons there is no shortage of sunshine substitution. A burst of round, ripe sunny color can totally transform the gloomy grays that may be lurking outside.

     Hmmmm, I wondered.  Is this supposed to be literal – find brightly colored fruit and photograph it?  Or should it be  more loosely interpreted as anything that can bring you sunshine on a cloudy day?  The last line of the prompt seemed to say to me that she was looking for something more literal –  “ripe and round” made it sound to me like I should go with fruit.  So that’s what I did:

Picture Fall, day 13

I’m happy to say this was taken indoors, well past sunset, without a flash.  I cranked the ISO up to 1600, shutter 1/20, f4.0.  Autofocus argued with me about taking this picture, so I slipped over to manual and overruled him.  Perhaps it was the reflection in my granite countertop that made Mr. Autofocus so choosey, but that was my favorite part of the picture, so I wasn’t about to let him talk me out of it.


  1. Well done.

    ..or is that Weldon? 😉

    Looking to start anew soon and restart my interest in photography. Looking at the new Nikons and some serious glass…

    Comment by Mike — October 13, 2010 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

    • Ha, ha, Mike. Got that one all through school! I’d love some serious glass too – unfortunately, less-than-serious glass is what’s in my price range for now.

      Comment by Karma — October 14, 2010 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  2. Oh, Karen! Great reflection! Wonderful! The beauty of this class is that it makes you think hard and takes you right out of your comfort zone which results in pictures like this.

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 13, 2010 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  3. I thought autofocus was a her…

    Comment by burstmode — October 13, 2010 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

    • You thought wrong, definitely a him! 😉

      Comment by thedailyclick — October 14, 2010 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

    • The way Autofocus always tries to tell you what to do? Gotta be a him! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 14, 2010 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  4. Wonderful reflection. I think it fits the prompt very well — all bright and sunshiny. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — October 14, 2010 @ 8:53 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. Seems we willl be needing the inside sunshine over the next couple days around here.

      Comment by Karma — October 14, 2010 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  5. Great! I love it! OK…I must start reading backwards, but in case I’ve missed it…what are these prompts that you are following?

    Comment by Kathy — October 14, 2010 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  6. The reflection is my favorite part, too! (and then the pomegranate. I don’t like pears)

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 14, 2010 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • I love both of these fruits, but I picked a bummer pomegranate. The fruits/seeds aren’t nice and sweet-tart; they are kind of bland. 😦

      Comment by Karma — October 14, 2010 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  7. Very cool picture – very artsy!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — October 15, 2010 @ 10:28 am | Reply

    • Funny how art can just happen sometimes – I was nearly at the end of my rope when I finally got that shot.

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2010 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  8. The photo’s a knockout. As for the Autofocus Gender Issue, I have decided that my little camera is altogether a him.
    “I want to focus on that.”
    “No–we’re going to focus on this over here.”
    “Wanna bet?”
    “Make me!”

    Comment by Gerry — October 15, 2010 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Gerry. That sounds like a conversation I had plenty of times with my former little camera!

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2010 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

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