A dandelion juts out of a bush
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 34/365




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Entry number 34 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a walk we often take at night.

The Photograph:

During February, I am selecting the oldest photo from my “Candidates” folder and if I still love it, posting that. If the love has gone (which for two today it had), they get deleted.

As primarily a people photographer, I seem to take a lot of nature photos. That’s probably because there are no other people around. For me, this photo brings to the fore a composition I tend to steer towards where something is different to the rest of the frame. 

The Blog:

Monday I watched a YouTube video from a well known Australian drummer Darryn Farrugia. He publishes a short lesson every week and I’ve been subscribed to the channel for as long as I can remember. 

Having played the drums since the age of 16, I find the lessons great but rarely take the time to implement what is taught. This is due to lack of time, lack of confidence in my own ability and the overwhelming urge to burn my drums whenever I watch what Darryn is pulling off with ease.

Couple this with the fact I’ve been very down regarding my playing this year so far, to the point where two of my four fellow band members contacted me last week to check in on me. 

But his latest video featuring a triplet drum fill pattern (and not just alternating hands) intrigued me. So much so that I took the time to get to the factory (where we rehearse) as early as I could and tried out what was being taught. Of course, me being me, not being able to do it perfectly instantly made me want to throw in the towel and quit. But this time I wouldn’t let myself, even slowing the exercise to a crawl to make sure each hit was intentional and only gradually over a period of five to ten minutes increasing the tempo. 

Surprising myself, I managed to nail the lesson. Even to the point of being able to play along with the video at speed and launch into a flurry of 16th note triplet drum fill goodness along with the teacher. I even managed to throw it into a song that night and got a smile from the guitarist.

I need to look back over his previous lessons as there were many I wanted to give a go but never did. I’ll add it to the brain book to remind me.

I might just get the hang of this drum thing one day.

Have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post.



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Photo Information: 
Nikon D850
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) @ 200 mm
1/5000 | f/2.8 | ISO 100
Tuesday January 4, 2022 @ 17:48
Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia
B&W 365 - 34/365 (9.3% complete)

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