Taken w/ 35mm @ f/4.0 ISO 800 @ 1/10 second.
This last week I was blessed with some quiet time. Brian was out of town on business for several days and I took advantage of the stillness to play with my camera. Before my brother passed on Thursday, I had been working on this week’s Be Still assignment – 3 things: a chair with or without a subject, next to a window, backlit. At first I was like “I don’t really have a window available that is big enough to accommodate a chair, it’s winter and there’s not enough daylight for a backlit shot, and my favorite – I don’t have a cool white chair like Kim!” But then I realized the studio has a sliding glass door which would certainly be big enough so I headed out there. Looking around I spotted an old wooden folding chair that I had completely forgotten I had so out it came. I started setting things up and then I saw it – beautiful natural light – even on this gray day. To capture it I did have to bump up my ISO and reduce my shutter speed, but there it was! I took lots of pictures, changing perspective and moving things around.
Taken w/ 35mm @ f/4.0, ISO 800 @ 1/13 second.
But before I had a chance to process the images, news of my brother came through and I needed time to simply sit, eyes closed, and reflect on him and family. So, yesterday afternoon I decided to open Lightroom and see what I had done in the studio. I must say I’m pretty darn pleased and believe it or not these images didn’t need much processing at all, just a little white balance adjustment. I did try some presets on some of the images, but in the end I appreciated the natural look.
Taken w/ 35mm @ f/4.0, ISO 800 @ 1/20 second.
So, the lesson I learned is the one I seem to need to learn over and over again – appreciate what I have. We in the Pacific Northwest are often complaining about the darkness of winter, but as you can see, we do have beautiful light, even in December. I’ve also complained about not having a big window, but, turns out I do. I just had to look at things differently – in this case a door is my window! And I may not have a cool white chair, I do have this old beat-up wooden folding chair that worked just fine. Appreciate what we have. I think I need to post that quote on my bathroom mirror!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a beautiful weekend.