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Me & Mine – December

Me & Mine – December

by Clare Mansell

Hurray! I’ve made it to the end of the year and we have 12 family photos (some of which I even quite like!) to look back on. I’m definitely going to be including this project in my photographic calendar for next year, along with a couple of other photo prompts.  It’s easy to think that you’ll just take photos anyway without the motivation of a project, but I’ve had some big periods of photographic drought this year when work has overtaken everything else, or when my camera was in repair for two and a half months (and counting) so I do definitely need it!

On the very boring subject of my SLR repair. It developed a fault at the beginning of October, got sent away to a Nikon repair centre, was assessed, repaired, sent back, fault resurfaced again (within days when I took it out for a shoot!!) back to the repair place, assessed, part ordered, part fitted… and hopefully any day, it will be back at the camera shop it was sent from.  I haven’t been charged any extra for the part and I have also been offered a partial refund. Its prolonged absence has forced me to embrace the potential of my lightweight Panasonic mirrorless camera (which I bought for filming) and so although immensely frustrating it hasn’t been all bad.

This month we have been loving…

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Making Christmas crackers from scratch

Making Christmas crackers from scratch

by Clare Mansell

I’ve been filling my own crackers for years, after I finally got tired of sweeping the Christmas lunch table clear of unwanted (no matter how ‘luxury’) cracker gifts, but this year I decided to take it a step further and make the crackers from scratch. Even empty crackers cost nearly £1 each and although I often bought them for half that price in the new year sales, I thought there was an opportunity for a thrifty and unique craft project.

 

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Me & Mine – November

Me & Mine – November

by Clare Mansell

As you may have seen me mention a few times before, I’ve been without my DSLR since mid-October as it’s been in for repair… twice! If I’d known I’d be spending two months (and counting) without it I might have put some sort of back-up plan into action, but like so many of these things it’s dragged on on a week by week basis, driving me increasingly mad!

So, November’s Me & Mine was taken with an iPhone, propped up on a rock on a sand dune on a very cold and windy day…

It’s at times like this that I have to remind myself that it’s not about creating a perfect family photo, but capturing a record of your family at a certain point in time. We’ve managed to collect some really great family portraits this year by taking part in the Me & Mine project and it was always bound to be the case that some would be less good than others…

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HomeLife Project – December (shooting mirrorless)

In last month’s Home Life Project post you may remember me saying that I was without my DSLR as it had been in for repair for a month, well I did get it back for a couple of days and then it went straight back in for repair again! So this month not only was I without my DSLR again but I was also without Jim (away on a work trip) and it was the darkest, most uninspiring time of year too… Ho hey…

However every cloud has a silver liming and after nearly two months without my DSLR I have been learning to embrace my compact light-weight Panasonic mirrorless camera (which I initially bought for filming). Last week I bought a cheap (50mm equivalent) prime lens for it which has transformed my shooting experience. Though I was fairly unimpressed with it in November, I have to say that today it’s really done a pretty good job and it’s much much more portable than the SLR.

Atfer many years of searching I think I have actually found a camera that I am happy to travel with instead of lugging round a load of heavy professional camera gear…. I’d be interested to know what you think of the photos too.

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