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Triple Toil And Trouble

8,008 km so far.

Sick update: After two days of lying in bed, Stephen has had to get up and go teach today. He’s still hurting, but I think he’ll survive! Phew.

Keen followers of this blog will notice that my ‘daily’ photo practice has gone slightly off the rails. The difficulties began with my architecture assignment, but they really came to a head with today’s photo exercise, Three Is A Magic Number.

You see, I’ve been busy, sort of. Busy trying to practice yoga, recover from my cold, shop for groceries, and cook meals. Busy trying to relax and enjoy Shanghai.

(I know, waaah, poor me, right?)

All of a sudden, a daily photo assignment has started to feel like an annoying chore, rather than an exciting opportunity to get better. Trying to cram shooting and editing photos around all the other stuff I want to do has resulted in predictably meh photos.

Take today’s pictures. It was far more difficult that I anticipated to find things in threes, which means I should have spent far more time shooting. But it was a cold miserable day out and I was pressed for time, with the sun going down before I really had a chance to get started.

I even considered not showing these to you, because I’m not proud of them. But then I remembered that this is a journey and we’re on it together. I don’t need to pretend things are easy when they’re really hard. You won’t judge me, right?

To get my enthusiasm back, I’m going to give myself a break. Every day is just not working out, so I’m going to dial back a little, and work on photos when time allows. I’m still not sure if this is a lame, lazy cop-out or a sensible move, but it’s worth a try.

Because if I’m just out there half-assing things, then what’s the point?

Three Is A Magic Number

As you’ll notice, most of these are indoors shots, since the weather outside was frightful.

Lucky for me, the apartment we’re staying in (thanks again Ailin!) is filled with beautiful and interesting items.

Some are pretty…

Bracelets on a retro stand, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

Bracelets on a retro stand, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

…some silly…

Three fluffy amigos, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

Three fluffy amigos, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

…some stylish…

Pussy willows at the window, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

Pussy willows at the window, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

…and some practical.

Window sill, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

Window sill, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

I did manage to leave the flat for a little while.

These guys look mean, but I think they were just cold.

Guards at Jing'an Temple, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

Guards at Jing’an Temple, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

They weren’t the only tough-looking characters guarding the Jing’an Temple.

Gold lions, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

Gold lions, Shanghai Threes photo exercise.

To my discredit, instead of concentrating on photography, I spent most of my free time trying to buy good cookies, coffee, and chocolate. I’m glad to report that at least with those three, I was successful!  

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3 Comments

  1. Cassie says:

    Dude, I like these photos!

  2. You’re right, you don’t have to be perfect all the time. It would give us complexes! By the way, I think your photos are still interesting. Varied subjects, angles and treatments.

  3. David B. says:

    No judging at all, it’s YOUR trip that you have the generosity to let us be part of!
    So enjoy and don’t bother (too much) about us, readers…