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why i still turn my computer off at 7 p.m.

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it has been 4 years since I started turning my computer off at 7 p.m.

When I first wrote about turning off my computer, my motivation was to spend more time with my family.  Add to that I was exhausted and in need of some necessary me-time of an evening, these two factors helped me to sustain the practice.

Today, my motivations remain the same. And since reading about the impact of blue light on sleep patterns, I’ve become all the more determined to continue.

A (very) brief look at the science behind sleep…

Melatonin is one of the hormones that influences sleep. It is released into your body by the pineal gland, a pea-sized organ found in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. And we all know how important sleep is for your physical (and mental) health.

what does this have to do with blue light?

Blue light can keep the pineal gland from releasing melatonin, thus warding off sleepiness.

Studies have shown that exposure to blue light at night can be linked to several types of cancer (breast, prostate) diabetes, heart disease, obesity and an increased risk for depression. (Blue Light Exposed)

now, I’m the first to admit that technology has its benefits

I use it most days myself.  But, I also know I’m a bear if I don’t get enough sleep (from 7-9 hours is recommended for my age group).

And having a teenage, game-addicted boy in the house strengthens my resolve.

I turn my computer and i-devices off at 7 p.m. It’s good for my health, plus I’m also modeling a positive behaviour for my Little Man (8 1/2 – 9 1/2 hours sleep is needed by him).

There are other factors as well.  Time spent on social media is adding to feelings of jealousy, fear and loneliness in people.  We experience FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and are finding it harder to be still and silent. And while it’s been wonderful making connections online, nothing beats an eye-to-eye conversation with someone you know and love.

learning to power down is an important life skill

And while it may take some time to learn the discipline, your life will be richer (and healthier) because of it.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Do you power down your devices daily, or are you guilty of leaving your computer on all night?

Have you engaged in a digital sabbatical before?  Would you do it again?

 

And finally, some additional resources that you might find interesting:

Scientific American – Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?

Harvard Health Publications – Blue light has a dark side

The Sabbath Manifesto – a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.

f.lux – makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – light & dark’

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chiaroscuro
noun
1. the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.
2. an effect of contrasted light and shadow.

have you read the tale of despereaux?

There’s a character named Chiaroscuro – he’s a rat and he was destined to follow the light.

Light and dark in photography has nothing to do with rats, but everything to do with how the strong contrasts between light and dark are used to add depth to a photo.  It’s an artistic concept has been around since the days of Caravaggio, although I can’t find who were the early adopters of this technique in the photography world.

If you’re like me and love black-and-white photography, then you’re going to have a ball with this weekend’s prompt.

And here’s a little reading on lighting and camera settings to help you get your best light and dark photo:

  1. Improving Your Chiaroscuro Portraits – 500px
  2. Chiaroscuro: In photography it’s the contrast between dark and light – takegreatpictures.com
  3. The Complete Beginners Guide to Shooting Low Key – Tuts+
  4. A Black and White Photography Tip or Two to Enhance Your Images – Photography Tips and Resources
  5. Exploring with a Camera: Chiaroscuro – Kat Eye Studio
  6. Chiaroscuro: Emerging from shadows – Flickr Blog

i’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s light & dark photos this week

Here’s where you can share them –

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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The Weekend Photo Project: light

The Weekend Photo Project: light

 

We bought Daughter a new camera a couple of weeks back.  She’s decided to take Photography as a subject next year in Year 11, so a Canon EOS 1100D was purchased, and she and I have started taking afternoon walks with our respective cameras.

I’ve started her off in Av mode, and am teaching her about depth-of-field and the importance of understanding light.  I figure it’s as good a place as any to start (and being the terrible photography-snob that I am, I’ve told her that she’s not allowed to turn the dial to the green square!)

She laughs at me when I excitedly point out the shadows under railings and the glint of sunlight through leaves, but I think she’s starting to get the hang of it.  Regardless, it’s wonderful to spend an hour with her (while the Little Man rides ahead on his bike) nattering about our day, what we can see and taking photos together.

Would you like to join in with The Weekend Photo Project?

Where can you share?

Facebook:  Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos.  Don’t forget to make your album public, so that anyone can have a look at your photos.  You can also share your photos with me over on my page.

Your blog:  Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world.

Flickr:  Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project.

Pinterest:  If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos.  Don’t forget to add the tag#twpp so that others can search for them.  I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on.  If you’d love to be involved, let me know and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Upload your photo to Instagram and don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption.  Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog.  And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos.  Visit other peoples photos.  Like them.  Leave a comment.  And share the Project.  The more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be.

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation.  There is no right or wrong photo.

Each photo is your little snapshot of your world as you see it.
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