Thursday Thoughts

The weather turned very rainy over the last couple of days, I thought it would never stop last night, but this morning was beautifully sunny at 7.30am and I thought ‘yippee!’ I’ll do some photography, but by 10am the clouds had come back, and the wet stuff started all over again.  Never mind, the weekend is going to be sunny, though cold, and Sophie and I are going to the Diwali festival in Sunderland, am so looking forward to photographing it, as I’ve never been to one before.  I’ll save the info for the Report.  I did however notice a lady chaffinch visiting the happy eater tree today, along with a robin, blue-tit and great tit.  They all move so fast, and it was raining so the photos are not brilliant, but I do like to try!

blue tit

great tit

robin

lady chaffinch

The robin made me laugh, he wasn’t happy about Lady Chaffinch visiting, and had a flurried charge at her a couple of times, he doesn’t bother with the tits, I think they are far too quick, and he hides when the spuggies come as they are even more feisty than he is!

I also spent a goodly amount of time shooting one of Phil’s guitars. I have taken pictures of his guitars before, and we have the Rickenbacker on a canvass on the wall. Phil said now he also wants one of his fender, but wasn’t happy with the shadow that cuts off the curve of it at the bottom end. That happened because I shot it in a completely dark room and light painted it from the side.  So today I got out my black background, shut myself in the ‘dark room’ and reshot it but this time light painted both sides.  I’ve just shown him the re-do and now he thinks he likes the original best! Maybe! 😬. I’ve read professional photographers blogs where they moan about ‘difficult’ clients!  😀 😀

Give us a vote, the original is on the left, and my reshoot on the right, which one do you like best and why? I can’t choose, I took them both!

It’s Thanksgiving in America, and my blog reader and Facey pages are full of Happy Thanksgivings, with lots of references to Turkey’s and Pie’s.  Of course over here we have a Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving on or near the Sunday of the harvest moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. Harvest Thanksgiving in Britain also has pre-Christian roots when the Saxons would offer the first sheaf of barley, oats, or wheat to fertility gods. When the harvest was finally collected, communities would come together for a harvest supper. When Christianity arrived in Britain many traditions remained, and today Harvest Thanksgiving is marked by churches and schools in late September/early October (same as Canada) with singing, praying and decorating with baskets of food and fruit to celebrate a successful harvest and to give thanks.  Collections of food are usually held which are then given to local charities which help the homeless and those in need.  Not quite the same Turkeyfest and Pumpkin Pie thing that the Americans do! And we are very quiet about it, at least I’ve never seen Happy Harvest Festival meme’s everywhere!  But each to his own, and I wish all my American bloggers a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

27 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. I think the Robin shot is spot on!
    My vote for the Fender shot goes to the ‘new’ one, on the right. Too much is cut off the bottom left on the original, for my taste, but it could be argued that is is ‘moodier’, I suppose.
    I try to avoid Thanksgiving, or the next thing you know we will be wearing stove-pipe hats, munching turkey and pie, and trying to get the day off work. (Those who still work, that is, unlike me.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. The one on the right…love the wee birds…funny how they all look slightly different…I mean your robin looks different from mine not that the tits look different from the robin!….around the eyes I think, I love the way they get so annoyed but also not so lbolshie with th sparrows :D…looking forward to Diwali shots!

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      1. I think the one on the left looks more accidental…or no, its more on the way to saying something beyond the guitar you know?something about mood or emotion…the one on the right IS the guitar, all the focus is on it as a beautiful thing, it is caressed by the light, moulded by it, adored by it…:D 😀

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  3. I was going to say the same as Clare about the robing. It’s a great photo, but looks very different to the robin in my garden. The guitar on the right is my favourite, for the very prosaic reason that you can see all of it.

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  4. I like the photo of the guitar on the right (edited one). It shows more detail at the end where the strings are tightened or loosened. I love the bird photographs. A variety from what we see in the Eastern United States! Thanks for the Happy Thanksgiving wish! I really like the robin photo on the left side! I either didn’t know it, or forgot that you enjoy birds! Thanks for the post!

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  5. Husbands are always the most difficult clients! 😉 Hmm… I like the mood of the one on the left, but the details seem more clear on the right photo. I’m afraid I’m of no help! As for Thanksgiving… aren’t we always louder about things here in the US? 😉

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