I’m posting the usual Friday “Oddments” post on a Monday now so that I can join in with the Photo of The Week feature over at Team Lloyd. You can read more about it here. Basically, it’s bloggers sharing their favourite photo from this week.

Voila

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He told me he hates snow. It makes his teeth “shatter” and makes his toes sad because they’re cold!

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See what I did there? It’s vaguely fish related…

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Sword in hand. A knight is always prepared

We all know one of those mothers. The one with 5 kids, a rocking bod, the multi-talented gourmet chef who lives in a show home. The one that makes people say “How does she do it?”.

Nobody has ever asked that about me. Well, they have but with an air of pity and disbelief. “How do you do it?” How are you late for school every day when you live a couple of minutes away? How do you take three days to put clean clothes away? How is your house such chaos when you haven’t got a proper job and you’ve only got two kids, one of whom is at school all day?

I promised myself that this week would be different. This week, I would up my game. I would make proper meals instead of eating omelettes and biscuits. I would bake and make crafts and go on little weekend outings and not shout (as much). And it did start well….we made puppets and went to birthday parties…we ate bacon & eggs and watched cartoons in our PJs…we went out for the afternoon and bought goldfish and made stuff out of Lego.

And then it went wrong. Monday morning brought snow, illness and dead goldfish. We (I say “we”, really it was Beloved while I made squeaky sounds and told him off for using the wrong tupperware. The pink one. I KNOW!) had to smuggle them out of the tank and tell The Boy that they were hiding. Once he was safely back at school, I removed the frozen goldfish carcasses (yeah, we stuck them in the freezer to keep them fresh) and took them back to the pet shop, gagging. After a goldfish postmortem, they recorded an open verdict and asked if I wanted to choose some more fish, did I want the same or did I want to get a different kind? I had a 5 year old boy at home who’d spent 20 minutes choosing those fish. I went with exactly the same ones. Obviously. As I was leaving, the…fish man? explained that they offered a livestock guarantee and if these fish croak too, to bring them back. Nice of him but if they do, there is no way I’m doing the walk of shame back through that shop. I can’t be “That girl that kills fish”. I’ve kept the dead fish tupperware to one side. Just incase.

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  • daisymama5 - Loved reading this. I am also the mom who gets the shake of the head and the “how do you do it?” I’ve decided I’m no worse at parenting than anyone else; I just admit my flaws and failures instead of hiding them and pretending to have it all together! 🙂ReplyCancel

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It’s snowing here in Bedfordshire and I am rather excited. I love taking photographs in the snow (and a hot chocolate with Bailey’s to warm up afterwards – yummy!). We haven’t got much yet but I’m hoping we have enough to go out and play in it later. I thought I’d share a few tips for taking photographs in the snow.

If your camera has a snow setting – use it. Snow is really confusing for a camera and if you’re using a DSLR you might need to make a few adjustments so you don’t end up with blue or grey snow. Up the exposure a little (that’s this one  – +/-). I have mine set on +0.3. Even though it’s quite light with all the white to bounce off, lowering your shutter speed a little will give you a lovely bright image.

Catching the snowflakes as they fall can be pretty tricky and the clouds can make it overcast. There’s a few things you can try,  widen your aperture or try a shorter focal length, increase your ISO or up the shutter speed. The image above was taken at ISO 320, f.1.8 and 1/1250 sec. You could also fire the flash to freeze the action.

Because everything is just white (I know, totally stating the obvious) there’s not a lot of contrast going on so the picture can look a bit boring. Add a bit of colour. Wait until the snow stops and there’s a lovely blue sky or add the colour yourself. I love dressing the kids in bright colours, especially really vibrant blues or red. Makes the image much more interesting.

Think about your angles. Get down low so you can really get a great view of that snowball fight (maybe even let them throw them at you? Or not…) or to make the snowman look huge!

You might find that the cold affects the battery life so if you have one, perhaps take a spare out with you. And try not to drop your camera in the snow (ahem).

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So get creative, have fun and please share your snow escapades! Leave a link in the comments below.

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