Monday 16 May 2011

Succinctly Yours Week 8

 Grandma's Goulash at Succinctly Yours hosts this microfiction meme. Each week she posts a photographic prompt for inspiration and the challenge is to write a story using no more than 140 characters or words. Below is this week's photo followed by my offerings.

'You’re tempting fate standing so close to the breakers,’ she said.
‘Nonsense,’ he replied as a wave broke over his head.

(120 characters)

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Lydia had driven to the coast while Ted studied the user’s booklet for his new camera, muttering to himself about apertures and focal length. Now she waited patiently while he adjusted the settings.

Never one to do things by halves, he had purchased two alternative lenses, a reflective umbrella, spotlights and several books on photographic technique. Lydia didn’t think these accessories were really necessary for beach shots but decided it would be prudent to keep her thoughts to herself. Ted was already edgy enough.

After fifteen minutes he pronounced himself ready and peered through the viewfinder. Lydia suggested that the monopod would be more effective resting on the ground and he grunted and planted it in the wet sand. Finally he pressed the shutter button then cursed.

‘No memory card,’ he said and they packed everything away and drove home.
(140 words)


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  2. Both of these made me smile this morning. Been there, done that with the memory card.

  3. Maybe wearing a couple of THESE (<--cLiCkY-cLiCkY!) was in order --at least for luck! (Ted's probably wondering why they are called memory cards, if they are so easy to forget!)

    Luv, SF~~~~~*

  4. Oh, wonderful, Janice! One of each, and both good, although I love the second one. A scenario familiar to many spouses! LOL
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. You made me laugh. Well done!

  6. "Famous last words" describes the first, and "been there" describes the second. LOL Love these! You made me laugh.

  7. Ha...two great takes! Can easily picture the first, and must admit that it might easily be me who threw everything into the camera bag, except for the memory card...did that just last week...LOL!

    I enjoyed these reads...:)

    Imagination Lane

  8. You've managed stories for both options. I'm impressed. The ending for your second took me by surprise, but left me smiling.

  9. They just don't listen, do they? Silly man!

  10. Well, there goes the camera. LOL I like your take on the pic.

  11. Hey JL, good one! ~ :) ~ Those ladies know all the smart things, don't they! This time telling him where to stand would have paid off.

    I wonder if she can back seat drive?

  12. You did two, and both were great! Why do I sort of relate to the second? LOL!

  13. I hate taking my camera and the batteries are dead or the card is full. I am extra careful now. Love the blurb under the photo too.

  14. I like them both--his obsessive picture-taking leading to ruination of his camera in the first one and Ted's bringing all his photographic equipment except for the memory card in the second one. Well done!

  15. These are fabulous... smiles... and things I would do with my cameras. I get engrossed in the possibilities, and forget the important details that can have such an impact.

  16. Both stories are marvellous! Thanks for the smile this morning.

  17. I can relate to both of those scenarios! I tend to think - If i just get a bit closer to where the waves are breaking I could get a really great shot!! Sue

  18. Ha, funny, and so typical of life. All that equipment, and still can't take a photo!


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