You Want Me To Play Ball? by 30pics4jackiesdiamond

You Want Me To Play Ball?

The Lodger Cat has stalked wrapping paper, pounced on bows and ribbons and thinks mince pies are human cat-nip. But put her with a bauble and a camera and she's totally haughty.
Aww, sweet Lodger
December 20th, 2019  
So exceptionally 'cat-like' your capture. Very much like the low key, which gives this a gentle sense of nope, not in a million years....
December 20th, 2019  
"Time to pose"
December 20th, 2019  
Really cute capture.
December 20th, 2019  
Lovely low key shot!
December 20th, 2019  
Lovely kitty
December 20th, 2019  
Love your choice of low-key!
December 20th, 2019  
Love it. fav.
December 20th, 2019  
Darling...fav
December 21st, 2019  
On black those eyes are spectacular
December 21st, 2019  
The light in those eyes! Fav
December 21st, 2019  
Beautiful kitty lady!
December 21st, 2019  
Mystic Mog strikes again!
December 21st, 2019  
Lovely low key image Jackie :)
December 21st, 2019  
beautiful fav
December 21st, 2019  
@moviegal1 @merrelyn @casablanca @kchuk @mzzhope @amyk @gardenfolk @onewing @taffy @spanishliz @carole_sandford @mittens @arnica17 @joysabin @365anne

If she could be bothered to wake up, Olive would purr her heartfelt thanks for your lovely compliments on this, etsooied to an inch, portrait of her. So, it's me saying thanks for putting her on PP (purring page) so very much appreciated!
December 21st, 2019  
@carole_sandford the original has her on a cream carpet with white radiator behind her!! A lot of burning and a bit of dodging makes this one of the most cheated shots I've ever done!!!
December 21st, 2019  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond oh ok, not something I know how to do.
December 21st, 2019  
Love it!
December 21st, 2019  
Fav
December 22nd, 2019  
What a wonderful image Jackie - all those dark tones with those nice highlights and amazing eyes!
December 22nd, 2019  
@robz all cheated Rob!! Eyes dodged, background burned and it was cropped a lot!! Look what 365 and the AYWMC course have done to me!! I process with impunity now with just occasional twinges of guilt!!!
@sdutoit Olive says thank you x
@haskar thank you
@carole_sandford me neither a year ago, now I dodge and burn with gay abandon!!!
December 22nd, 2019  
From a fairytale (and don't mess with the cat).
December 22nd, 2019  
LOL Jackie - don't give away all your hard earned secrets! And what is this guilt thing?? Seriously though, I just googled AYWMC and it looks like a good thing to do for 2020. Did you complete the full year?
December 22nd, 2019  
@robz I started in April, have learnt so very much. It's for cameras, phones, novices and experienced. I'm loving it!!
December 22nd, 2019  
@francoise never mess with this cat!!!
December 22nd, 2019  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond I just signed up! :)
December 22nd, 2019  
The epitome of a cat with attitude. You can't make 'em do nuffink! :)
(Great editing!)
January 4th, 2020  
@robz It's a terrific course, Rob - you'll get so much out of it. I started in April as well but found it tough to keep up with completing the homework each week so now I'm just working through at my own pace. I can't recommend it highly enough.
January 4th, 2020  
@4rky im now struggling with this months topic. Ive managed go keep up. That's cos I don't have a life!!! @robz do you start this month?? If you use the app I'm CameraJackie there.
January 4th, 2020  
gorgeous image ~ fav
January 4th, 2020  
Hi Jackie and 4rky- I just found this notification - sorry to be so long answering. I've signed up to start on the new course - 9th January but I won't be using the phone app - just my laptop (useless with my phone!) How does it work if you started in April - if you are working through through the units in your own time frame do you still post them online? I haven't had time to try the intro 30 photos but I guess that won't matter in the long run. I am looking forward to it! :)
@30pics4jackiesdiamond @4rky
January 5th, 2020  
@robz Used the app initially but got too far behind and stopped posting photos. I'm very at home with the 365 community now and get the support and encouragement here that the app provides.
I have both the workbooks which are really helpful (I prefer books to reading e-mails on the PC even though the emails are really good). They are also handy to make notes in and it's easy to refer back and review what you've done or revisit a topic that was difficult.
There is the option to restart with a later group if you fall behind and you can re-do the year again if you want once finished (which I'm considering as I still haven't had the lightbulb moment yet where selecting settings becomes second nature).
But it is a really good course and feel that I am learning a lot.
And of course the most important thing is to have fun :)
Jackie @30pics4jackiesdiamond and I will be seeing each other at AYWMC meet-up in Oxford next month :)
January 5th, 2020  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond Fair play for keeping up!! Your photos are great and I admire that you will go outside your comfort zone and try new things. And. most importantly, you always seem to have fun with your shots :)
January 5th, 2020  
@robz I get an email a week, and also have the workbooks which as @4rky says are very clear with more detail. I now use M mode much more and smaller apertures, and as you've noticed do much more processing!! I have a better understanding of photography but if had a choice of 365 or aywmc to drop - I'd stay here!!! I use app on my tablet btw.

January 5th, 2020  
@4rky @30pics4jackiesdiamond You have both mentioned the workbooks - they sound like the way to go - you can sit and have a browse and a think. How nice that you can get together - that should be such a good way to get to know each other and swap ideas. Cheers Rob
January 5th, 2020  
@robz there'll be a Facebook page for jan2020 start and you'll be able to find others nearby to meet up wigh if there's a aywmc walkabout group ( or knowing you, you could start one!!!) Enjoy Rob, I think @koalagardens has also signed up, but she's not near Brisbane!! Stay safe over there in east oz
January 5th, 2020  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond Thanks Jackie - at the moment our area is OK - but it's so volatile that "Catastrophic Areas" are being declared in all states with different areas being hit depending on the weather. Hot and windy = fires!
January 5th, 2020  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond P.S. - thanks for letting me know about Katrina - that's good to know!
January 5th, 2020  
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