Through the Lens Thursday {February}

Last month I told you about my friends Greta and Alison and their year-long photography project called Through The Lens Thursday. You don’t need a blog to join in, just join our Flickr group and post each week! It’s great for practicing photography in a low pressure, fun way.

This past month I tried to think about composition when I shot, but also I tried to get a better feel for making things sharp or more blurred.

Here is what I got…

prompt: flower 50mm fixed f/4.5, ISO 800, 1/160

prompt: flower
50mm fixed
f/4.5, ISO 800, 1/160

Prompt: Dull 50mm fixed 1/20, f/4.5, ISO 100

Prompt: Dull
50mm fixed
1/20, f/4.5, ISO 100

prompt: Window 50 mm fixed 1/50, f/4.5, ISO 100

prompt: Window
50 mm fixed
1/50, f/4.5, ISO 100

Prompt: Hands 50mm fixed 1/160, f/4.5, ISO 400

Prompt: Hands
50mm fixed
1/160, f/4.5, ISO 400

I am not sure what is more fun each week: thinking about what I could possibly use for each shot–I don’t want to be the same as everyone else–or learning how my camera works and how to get the shot that is my mind to actually work.

My biggest challenge is seeing in my head exactly what would make a cool shot and then getting my camera to do that. For example sometimes I think it would be cool to have something in super sharp focus, and the rest all blurry, but if that thing I want to be super duper sharp is also super duper small, I can’t get my camera to even take the shot. I get to close and it won’t focus on what I want it to. Sometimes I can’t even get the button to push because my camera is all “dude. that won’t work.”

Then I swear.

But not in front of my kids. Honest.

Anyway, next week’s prompt is “hot”–show of hands of how many of you I will make gag by taking a picture of Cortney.

I guess you’ll just have to wait and see what I do!

If you want a look back, here is what I took last month:

Januray #ThroughTheLensThursday

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I love these monthly recaps 🙂
    And your idea of next week’s prompt, heh. Taking a picture of my husband didn’t even occur to me.
    I am so glad you’re having fun with this!
    I’m mostly focused on composition and using whatever light I have, so I’ve been challenging myself to take pictures when I don’t have much natural light.

  2. If I keep seeing those Through The Lens posts I will break down and buy a DSLR – in fact I want one pretty bad… I am no expert, but I love your pictures and I can feel the care and love you put into shooting them 🙂

  3. You are so funny. I’m already gagging. 😉

    Great photos!

  4. I feel the same way about photography and wanting things to do things..that sometimes don’t. And hey, take the Cort pic. 😉

  5. Oh… thank goodness I am not the only one whose camera thinks they are stupid.
    I cannot tell you how many times I have been this close and think they shot will be Just Perfect, and my camera goes “Um no. Not.Allowed.”
    That’s why this exercise is really great; we can all learn and improve together.
    I love the pencils – great way to do the prompt.

  6. Bahaha! Love that last bit. I know mine next week won’t be weather-related! I love these, and I love that you’re enjoying it and figuring things out…that’s the whole point, right?

  7. Love the flower!!!!

    Sometimes I think my camera shoots it own version of what it thinks I want…

  8. You crack me up with your “hot” comment. I really love the composition in your pictures. My children commented on them too. Beautiful!

  9. COOL shots, Katie. I love the pencils.