This week's challenge for we spy: you spy was to find something expensive. Now, I suppose I have a few expensive things around the house but mostly I don't. So what I thought of was Bria's violin.
And when I say that her violin is expensive, I don't mean just the instrument itself. I include the instrument purchases (we've bought her two violins so far) and rentals (we rented for a year or two before we bought the first one), the music books and CD's, 4 1/2 years of private lessons, the group lessons, and all the other little things like rosin and cleaning cloths and festival entry fees and lots of performance bribes. All said, I would estimate we've spent upwards of 6,000 dollars on Bria's violin. And she's only 7! Imagine what the tally will be when she's 18, because we're not letting her quit until then. All the moolah is definitely worth it though.
So, instead of playing the piano for her this morning, I documented her practice session with my camera. And I was very glad, because it's been a long time since I photographed her playing. (Don't you love how her shirt says "It's all about me!" I think it's pretty apropo given how much money I just figured I've spent on her music.)
This first one is my favorite. I love how her bow hand is blurry with her fiddling (she was practicing a fiddle song here called Devil's Dream).
Going for a shallow depth of field here:
And deep in concentration, working on Handel's Bouree: