Every couple of weeks we spend a little time thinking about how we can improve our photography. My preference would be to get out and about, to visit various beauty spots around our town but this last Friday so much else was happening we just didn’t have time. So we decided to take a farm walk – to walk around our farm and to see if we could see things through different eyes.

Earlier in the day I talked to the kids about photos telling a story and if we are to tell a story we need a variety of photos – we need to look deeper than just what is in front of our eyes but instead look for all the details of the story.

Today we tell the story of our farm …

A small orchid of mangoes

We used to have cattle on our farm so we needed extra water storage. These days this is an abandoned tank. Photo taken by Jessica

Naomi looked for the hidden things. Here is a scorpion in a pool of water. She also saw texture and shape around the farm that others didn’t see.

Tropical flower against the bark of a palm tree. Photo taken by Naomi

Daniel likes to play around with the different settings on his camera. Here is a photo of our dam.

Technically these boab trees aren’t really on our farm – they are on the vacant block next door. Photo taken by Daniel (with filters)

These are just a sample of the photos the kids and I took, I haven’t shown photos of the sandalwood trees, the shed, the play areas, the chickens, the veggie garden, the cattle yards.  But it is the beginning of a story…. It was a fun 45minutes. In fact they all said they wanted to do it again – I wonder what we would see next time we went walking on our farm.

Each of the children will look carefully at their photos in the coming week and consider why a photo didn’t work out like they had intended and they’ll begin to gain a better understanding of their camera and the various settings. A workman always understands his tools.

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