One Perfect Moment {Film Noir} | Life

One Perfect Moment is all about those moments, big or small, that make you wish they'd last forever. Those moments you want to stop in time, when everything feels perfect, even for just a split-second. Snapshots of the mind. Moments to treasure forever.

This last week has been a bit of a struggle. The girls have been sick and I've had a lot of work due at Tafe that I've not had a lot of child-free time to work on. The girls had both days off from the daycare they go to at Tafe because they just weren't well enough to go and it would have been unfair on the other kids, parents & teachers to send them and make everyone else sick. So home they stayed.

Thankfully Dave had one of those days off, and I took the other day off. The one up-side of having to take the day off to look after them was that it did give me some time in the middle of the day while Zee was napping to get a big chunk of work done. So that was a relief.

This term has really been kicking my arse. It's a big workload, and it didn't start in the best way when we all got gastro a few days before it started. I think it's safe to say that that little episode really threw us all for a loop. With al that's been going on, it's been a struggle to think about each week's good moments and practice gratitude, but at the same time it's been a really good thing.

So this week, with all of the chaos of assessments and sick kids, Friday afternoon was a little light in the dark. Which is ironic considering I spent most of it in semi-darkness!

On Friday we have a class called Emotive Light. The name is pretty self explanatory, and we spend a lot of time in the studio learning about and experimenting with different lighting techniques and set-ups. This week we played around with the lighting set-up needed to create Film Noir-style photography.

And let me tell you, I've been having a lot of fun studying photography at Tafe, but so far this takes the cake for the most fun we've had in an afternoon!

It wasn't just about the moody lighting and the awesome smoke machine that our teacher managed to get for us. It was about the dressing up, the acting, the mucking around and just generally having a LOT of getting in to the Film Noir character.

I'm pretty sure I took some of my best shots of the course so far, they turned out so well! Sadly I changed the image size recording setting earlier in the week to small JPEG rather than RAW which means that I may not actually be able to use any of them in my portfolio because the image quality won't be good enough for larger size printing.

But I am grateful that I got any images at all. And all of the girls in my class had so much fun that they are keen to do another Film Noir-style shoot in the holidays together so if worse comes to worse I'll have another opportunity to get some fabulous shots and have some more fun!

What are you thankful for this week? Have you been able to find the good in amongst the bad?

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