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My apologies for spending very little time on the site recently. One reason why I have been very busy (apart from a visiting French band...) is that I have been helping to set up a local U3A branch - University of the Third Age. Itís not nearly as high-powered as the name implies, and nothing like the French original that Lucy & Pascal may know. Itís small-scale, voluntary, community-based, self-help study for the more mature citizen.
By way of a social getting-to-know-one-another activity for members, we are running monthly craft workshops. I took my camera along to one, on the basis that photography is a craft.
I took a few shots with flash, then switched the flash off. At the end of the afternoon I said ĎThank you folks, thatís 200 picturesí, and everyone was amazed - there had been no more flashes so they all assumed Iíd taken nothing further. Itís a trick that I shall bear in mind for the future...!
Here are a few pictures, more to follow tomorrow.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-55mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Craft
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:7 Jul 2008 - 6:47 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Craft, Crafty, Grey generation, Handicrafts, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Senior citizens, Senior moment, U3a
Votes:74
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LuzDeNoche
LuzDeNoche e2 Member 6LuzDeNoche vcard France2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 7:00 AM

A great pair of shots. In V1 the background is just as interesting as the foreground, right down to the bottle (sherry?) on the left!
V2, the hands, the needle, the yarn parallel to the old dear's wrinkles (sorry, laughter lines) - a lovely naturally harmonious composition.
I'm trying hard not to think of Brel's song Les Vieux - but then these ladies are nothing like the oldies he describes.
Smile Lucy

bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 - 7:19 AM

A super set of shots

John

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 7:20 AM

Nice set Moira, good candid work as ever, I hope you can expand on 5 as the colours should work well in a sparkly way.

Dougie

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Jul 2008 - 7:24 AM

A good set of pictures

Peter

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
7 Jul 2008 - 8:06 AM

esp. like #1 (composition) & 4 (colours)

will remember your trick : hate to be intrusive or noticed

Strobe
Strobe e2 Member 71254 forum postsStrobe vcard United States
7 Jul 2008 - 8:12 AM

Good photo journalism, I like the whole series.
Marc

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
7 Jul 2008 - 8:16 AM

Nice set of images Moira,
Fred.

wyatturp
wyatturp e2 Member 9wyatturp vcard England
7 Jul 2008 - 8:20 AM

Morning can you knit me a jumper-LOL

Doug----------------Good to look at

peugeot406
peugeot406 e2 Member 8peugeot406 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 8:24 AM

Super set of images
Brian

User_Removed
7 Jul 2008 - 8:40 AM

another fabulous collection of shots, telling yet another story. This is almost like a photographic book. Wonderful

rgds
Dave

MickyMc
MickyMc e2 Member 7MickyMc vcard United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 - 9:20 AM

Really interesting set. No 5 being my favourite
Mavis

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
7 Jul 2008 - 9:20 AM

Lovely set of shots, The colours in No 4 are wonderful, love the shoes in 5, super colouring in the complete set, look forward to more....

Nicky

imander
imander e2 Member 7388 forum postsimander vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 9:21 AM

A really nice idea for a social gathering and a fine set to go with it
ian

DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 9:55 AM

A wonderful idea Moira, I hope it all goes well for you & the ladies, though judging by your pics it most certainly will.
A lovely set of colourful images.
I like how you have gone over the ladies shoulder in V3, not at all intrusive.
I also love that moccasin of the lady with the multi coloured wool in V5....fancy a pair of thoseWink
Look forward to more.
Hilary

bliba
bliba e2 Member 9bliba vcard Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 10:15 AM

#1 is great ...a super and a very effective composition

Vilcens
Vilcens e2 Member 739 forum postsVilcens vcard Latvia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 10:38 AM

Love those shots Moira. Great idea for a shoot-out Smile
# 4 is my favourite for its' colourfulness.
And indeed you are right; Photography IS a craft (allthough maybe less than it used to be in the good, old film days ???). Ha ha, probably I will get a good hiding for that last comment Smile

Vilcens

Last Modified By Vilcens at 7 Jul 2008 - 10:38 AM
challicew
challicew e2 Member 6challicew vcard South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 10:50 AM

I am really a person that believes in getting involved in the community, and I think this is a fantastic idea for the maturer 'evergreens'.
These are awesome photographs

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 10:59 AM

Moira Do you ever rest. I paricularly like the images showing the hands especially when they show a little bit of age .

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 11:13 AM

Hats off to Moira! I really like the idea of U3A, great fun I'm sure. V1 has to be my favourite for those wonderful old folded hands, giving the impression of having finished her craftwork for the day. Keep them coming, Moira.

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:34 PM

Love the hands in #1

glyndwr
glyndwr e2 Member 766 forum postsglyndwr vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 12:35 PM

Sounds like good fun.
When I was young my sister taught me to knit, used to make ties.

Robert

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:02 PM

What a wonderful idea. V1 is my favorite, you have taken it at a perfect angle.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:13 PM

I love the range of colours in v4 Moira
Helen

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:20 PM

I do like No 4. A nice detailed coloured image there.I am surprised with No5, that you did not go for ''your'' vertical crop for the right hand side only,for No 6 !!! Or is that to follow ???
A nice set here Moira.
Mick.

User_Removed
7 Jul 2008 - 1:23 PM

Wonderful detail and colour. Smile

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:26 PM

Nice set of image Moria - really like the colours in version 4.
Regards Richard.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:43 PM

Thank you everyone! Mick's comment reminded me that I had taken a vertical legs shot - now uploaded as V6.
Moira

proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
7 Jul 2008 - 1:50 PM

I've been looking forward to this series since you first mentioned it Moira, it was worth the wait too. Something so captivating about hands at work. Nice to read what you are doing with the U o 3rd Agers too.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:53 PM

Oh I have a lot more hands to come - a whole day's worth in due course. My particular favourite is V2, but that's just me.
Moira

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 1:55 PM

Now that is more ''your'' kinda shot with the vertical crop.
Don't worry,it happens to me too this forgetfullness.
You are growing old gracefully.
I am growing old disgracefully !!!
Mick.

Bob_V
Bob_V e2 Member 7Bob_V vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 2:23 PM

What a great set of images Moira, love the color and detail, V4 is my favorite.
Bob

ChristineL
7 Jul 2008 - 3:11 PM

some lovely, intimate and colourful shots here Moira, you can feel the togetherness of the group,
Chris.

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 3:56 PM

Very intriguing work and the ideal shots for a brochure for the group.

Rock

Skye24Blue
Skye24Blue e2 Member 8Skye24Blue vcard Australia
7 Jul 2008 - 4:06 PM

Great shots, Moira. All the best to the group.
Mac

SpeedAltStar
7 Jul 2008 - 4:48 PM

Very very well photographed. One of your best sets I think.

Douglas_George
Douglas_George e2 Member 7Douglas_George vcard
7 Jul 2008 - 5:21 PM

Great set of images Moira, its wonderful to see that people are helping some of the older generation to keep their hands and minds busy, well done.

Dougie.

Adrian_Reynolds
Adrian_Reynolds e2 Member 10202 forum postsAdrian_Reynolds vcard Scotland
7 Jul 2008 - 6:12 PM

A vanishing skill Moira, when I first arrived in Shetland 30+ years ago, everyone seemed to knit, no so now, fine documented set of images, Adrian

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 7:02 PM

Lovely set Moira; I particularly like V4 & 6. And a neat trick with the flash! Wink
rende

roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 7roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 7:39 PM

Fantastic set of images, love the unusual compositions, especially in no. 1.
Alex

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 8:05 PM

Great series of shots Moira, colourful and interesting. Smashing!

John Smile

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 8:16 PM

Looks a great time, fun and all-- I was teaching a group las year-- making mittens-a pair on one needle

A great university!

Jennnnnnnnnn

Lucy_Locket
Lucy_Locket e2 Member 733 forum postsLucy_Locket vcard England
7 Jul 2008 - 8:30 PM

Lovely set of shots Moira. Hands are just fabulous subjects...
Great idea to turn the flash off - will remember that one thanks Smile
Lucy

GrahamBaines
GrahamBaines e2 Member 739 forum postsGrahamBaines vcard United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 - 8:36 PM

An interesting series.

Graham

GalleryGirl
7 Jul 2008 - 9:11 PM

I love No. 1 - colours, detail - a sure winner!
Marilyn x

fatherpie
fatherpie e2 Member 6fatherpie vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 9:14 PM

A fascinating set of candids that really hang together and tell a story. Dave

imagio
imagio e2 Member 8imagio vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2008 - 10:52 PM

Im always interested in art Moira and these and photography are art, interesting and informative..

Bernie

chuckspics
chuckspics e2 Member 8chuckspics vcard United States
7 Jul 2008 - 11:23 PM

And which pair of hands were yours? Clean and Crisp, Chuck

MissPea
MissPea e2 Member 8MissPea vcard United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 - 7:36 AM

Love this set of images - the colours are just wonderful! Well done.
Julia

rmr
rmr e2 Member 7rmr vcard Wales
8 Jul 2008 - 6:30 PM

super collection moira
mark

BonaFideNut
BonaFideNut e2 Member 8BonaFideNut vcard United States
8 Jul 2008 - 8:55 PM

Nice series giving us the insider's view.

sandrish
sandrish e2 Member 1136 forum postssandrish vcard United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 - 8:39 PM

Wonderful series of shots - you have certainly captured the essence of "crafts" extremely well. Myself and a friend organised and held a craft group every week for 2 or 3 years and we attempted all kinds of weird and wonderful crafts. I do wish I had captured some of it on camera as you have!

Sandra

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:42 PM

A super set of hands hard at work creating and making things

John_Humphreys
John_Humphreys e2 Member 969 forum postsJohn_Humphreys vcard Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 10:40 PM

... and it looks like a happy group too. John

SpeedAltStar
11 Jul 2008 - 1:32 PM

This rather splendid upload has been sat in my shortlist since you posted it along with a growing number of other high quality images. And I keep coming back to this and do think it is really very good indeed. Hence the No1 award.

Regards, Ken Smile

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 10:14 PM

Like the hands shots, - and V3 would make a great abstract with a bit of playing around (with the image I mean)


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