Finding my Light & a Slice of Pie


(above image taken w/ 35mm @ f/2.0, ISO 100 @ 1/160 sec. Kim Klassen Texture ‘Chase’ applied)

As a photographer, the key to a good image is light. Without light, there is no image. Since my return to photography 4 years ago, I have been searching for my light. One of my goals in the ‘Be Still 52’ Still Life class I am taking, was to find my light. You see, here is Seattle the light isn’t terribly strong. It’s subtle and often moody. Like Ingmar Bergman light. Very film noir! But that’s not the light I want for my still life photography. Unfortunately we don’t have big windows in our home. We have a tiny little house with relatively small windows. We do have a studio space with a slider window, but then the light coming in isn’t strong enough for my taste. Outside is fine, except with our weather that isn’t always an option. I knew if I were going to be successful with Still Life, I would have to get comfortable with studio lighting. I’ve been working with the lights now for the last couple of years without a lot of success, until this last weekend. I spent the last 3 days in the studio working w/ the lights when I finally found it. I found my light! I worked with it over and over with consistent results. Looking forward to working on future ‘Be Still’ assignments with my light.


I have to thank my husband Brian for allowing me the time in the studio. He cooked all the meals this weekend, and made the most delicious Peach Crumble Pie (after I was finished photographing the peaches!) He found the recipe HERE. My oh, my was it ever delicious.


Having my light and pie too! I’m one lucky gal.

Have a great week everyone! xo

PS – linking up with Kim’s Texture Tuesday today. Hope you have a chance to stop by.

Oh, one last thing –

Here’s a few more images from my Garden Daily project 🙂


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22 Responses to Finding my Light & a Slice of Pie

  1. Sheila says:

    Yum! that pie looks wonderful (love the linen in those images)! Awesome garden images too!

  2. Caz says:

    I’m so glad you found the light ! Your photos are wonderful and the peach crumble……delicious ! You have a very sweet husband 🙂

  3. That looks gorgeous Carol and so do all your lovely images.

  4. This just made me so happy to see, but first thing that piece of pie needs to be bigger if that is my piece! That Brian is just something else….God Bless Him is all I can say.

    The pie image is just oh my wonderful with the light and what I always liked about studio lighting is very little if any editing. The garden shots oh you have done wonderful Carol, I miss your garden.

  5. Tessa says:

    Beautiful work! We used to live near a peach orchard and now I am craving peaches! Love your composition and editing!

  6. Light AND pie…now that’s a marriage made in heaven! And you found yourself some beautiful light!!

  7. Beverly says:

    Oh my, a peach crumble! It looks so delicious! The garden daily collage is so pretty! You have so many lovely pieces to enjoy….thank you for sharing with us today.

  8. Dotti says:

    Carol, these are so beautiful! The light really is stunning. I think the light bulb may have come on for you. Our home doesn’t have great light either but our back porch is like a light box so that helps. A lot! Peach crumble pie. Gosh. That sounds wonderful! And kudos to Brian for keeping the household running so you could play! 😀

  9. kelly says:

    carol these images are just stunning! i am in awe that they are done with studio lighting! that is something i have never experimented with (i live in the south so lack of sunlight isn’t usually a problem). congrats on getting your design and method down. can’t wait to see your stuff for class!

  10. Carola Bartz says:

    Those peaches look delicious – so does the crumble pie. I will check out the recipe.
    And how wonderful that you found YOUR light!!

  11. Prairie Jill says:

    Oh yes – light, pie, and beautiful photography. Can’t beat that!

  12. Great job on finding the light you were looking for! I absolutely love your photos, especially the first one. Beautiful composition and processing. Great lighting too!

  13. Roxi says:

    My mouth is watering. And gorgeous light it is! My kitchen light is terrible. I’ve thought about a soft box for shooting in there.

  14. Sharon says:

    You found the light! And your pie looks so yummy! Enjoy your new-found studio light this week.

  15. Julia says:

    Beautiful light! a cheaper alternative than moving house!

  16. Cheryl says:

    Everything in this image looks delicious,, especially the light.

  17. Jana says:

    That is what life is all about isn’t it, light, love, sustenance, joy – you have truly reached the Source – JBV

  18. Anki-itte says:

    Congratulations on your find the Light and
    a soft and beautiful image.

  19. Peaches! It’s that time of year. Yum! I love your photo with the basket and the scale. Very country inspired. 😉

  20. Abrianna says:

    Love your soft, light photos. My house gets indirect light inside and in the late afternoon early evening I have a place I like that gets good light or I can go outside in the autumn/winter. Once March comes around though I have the opposite problem-the light is too strong and there is very little open shade.

  21. My light is great in the summer, but not so great in the winter. I want to get a set-up with lights for my foodie blog. Do you have any hints or tips?

  22. Becca says:

    Everything turned out lovely! I would have to really practice with a set up like you have. Like you, I prefer natural light, and sometimes its a challenge. I’m always dragging my art and crochet pieces outside in the garden to shoot. 🙂 Have you ever taken photos at the NW garden show? Oh dear, the first year I was here I lugged my heavy camera and lenses and the lighting was so weird for me. It was dark in there, but the displays were all light with spot lights! I kept messing with the settings and got a few decent photos, but I think next time, I’ll just leave the heavy equipment at home and enjoy the show. Lol 🙂

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