Weekly Photo Challenge: Experi(mental)

In response to WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental.

Did you ever notice there was mental in experimental? Now you know. Here are my mental pills, mostly.


Developing Your Eye II: Glass(es)

Part of WordPress’s photography course Developing Your Eye II.

Today’s photo should feature glass and the way it filters the scene. Accordingly, I present my glasses.

Developing Your Eye II: Small Scale

Part of WordPress’s photography course Developing Your Eye II.

My today’s photo prompt is scale. The idea was to show something miniature against something large. Since I refuse to leave my flat and haven’t found anything other than normal-sized items at home, I shot coins. They are current Czech coins, one of the smallest and one of the largest existing nominal value.


Developing Your Eye II: Light Mystery

Part of WordPress’s photography course Developing Your Eye II.

Today’s subject of the photo challenge is Mystery as conveyed by light and shadow. I think this impromptu snap of my ceiling light turned out quite right, no?

Developing Your Eye II: Candle Warmth

Part of WordPress’s photography course Developing Your Eye II.

I’m so challenged. I hardly completed one WordPress challenge when I signed up for another. It’s apparently becoming a fix for me. The good news is that my new challenge doesn’t involve ranting writing but shitty snaps photography.

If you’re interested in jumping on the bandwagon (no pressure), the link to the course is provided above (and no, I don’t get any money or free coffee if you subscribe on my recommendation). It’s self-served and once you subscribe, you’ll start receiving daily prompts by email . If you’ve by any chance taken an older photography course on WordPress, Photo 101, this is the same thing (as I found out later).

I’m retaking the course because I forgot what it was about anyway, plus this time I’m actually reading the instructions and taking a photo specifically for each prompt (rather than just fishing in the archives). The first prompt is Warmth and the task was to focus on different directions and sources of light. So I shot a candle. The photo doesn’t in the least show the efforts I took to produce and post-produce it.

Photo Gallery: Trinkets

What I Hated the Least Today 192/365: Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie


Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi’ bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murd’ring pattle!

—Robert Burns

I’ve complained (ranted) about my troubles with tribbles (mouses) before. My wireless mouse started to behave unexpectedly, so I dragged the thing by its tail (which is a nonsense, a wireless mouse doesn’t have a tail) to the shop where I got it and placed a warranty claim. A few weeks later, the wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie was returned to me with the note that it is and always was in a perfect working order. That doesn’t explain why it doesn’t work for me.

I think I might have cracked it though. I noticed that owing to the superior quality (*snort*) of my Ikea desk, a shiny spot appeared where I use the mouse. Too much mousing. An optical mouse doesn’t work well on shiny surfaces. That however doesn’t explain why my optical wired mouse works fine on the very same surface. Is it because it’s wired? Or am I just jonsnowing (= of Jon Snow, who knows nothing)?

I’m not much in love with my wired mouse. It’s a spare item I had the good sense to keep when I got a wireless alternative. To see how much I hate my current mouse, please refer to the header image, showing the mouse slaughtered and lying on its scroll wheel. There are mouses that work on reflecting surfaces and after hours of research (no kidding) spanning over several weeks, I picked one model that would be acceptable. What’s highly unacceptable is its price.

I’m also not too thrilled with the mouse’s atypical rechargeable batteries. I’m stocked on AA batteries for my mouse and I own no remote controls, kid toys, cat toys or sex toys to use them in instead. There’s an older model of the mouse with standard AAs (as of the battery type, not Alcoholics Anonymous). It’s also cheaper. It’s also unavailable for purchase via my usual channels. It’s also probably unwise to buy something old. I began this post thinking I have it figured out, and I conclude it seeing that I’ve found nothing. Error 404.