I’ve been practising zips and photography today. The zip came out pretty well:
I used this excellent tutorial at Kelby Sews – and I think my hit and miss relationship with zips might be at an end. This is good news for 2 reasons.. Firstly I am writing a zippy log cabin coin purse project for the new Modern Quilting magazine (want 10% off a subscription? Click here to find out how!), and it would be a bit rubbish if my zip looked wonky.. And secondly because I want my contribution to the Mouthy Stitches Swap to be super-nice. Looking at the Mouthy Stitches Flickr group I am feeling slightly nervy…! I’ve just dumped this pic into the group pool and no doubt giving my swap partner the horrors – this is not her kind of thing at all! Poor dear…
I’m quite pleased with the pics too. I had a little help last week (at a 2 hour photography session with this guy) with my F numbers, ISOs and stuff, and I think I am gradually getting to grips with things. Considering these were taken at about 4.30 this afternoon, I’m quite pleased.
Mostly just to remind myself… these were taken at F5.6, exposure time of 1/30sec and the ISO was 800. I had the White Balance set for cloudy.. They could be brighter, but they are considerably better than what I have been achieving in glum conditions.
Earlier in the day I took a few pictures of some pincushions I’m going to put in the shop. This was the only decent one of a red tweedy one. I find taking pictures of red stuff absolutely impossible – the colour always seems to come out very orange, I wonder why? I wasn’t so sure about this one, but actually, it’s growing on me.
These are my favourites though. Nice and clear and I’ve got everything pretty much in focus – something I was really struggling with.
I think they are a bit too shadowy, but I like them a lot, all the same. The settings I have here are F3.5, exposure 1/60 and ISO 200. Would love to hear what you think of them… More time and practice required!
Back tomorrow with a lot less science, and a lot more drawing…