Project 52: Playing with Directional Light (5)

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love. In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme. This month we will be exploring directional light.  All light comes from somewhere, of course, and therefore has direction, but generally directional light is distinguished from flat, even lighting that tends to eliminate shadows.  Shadows in a photo help to give it a sense of three-dimensionality.

My shot from this week was taken in Aruba, where the girls and I were visiting, along with my parents.  One of my treasured traditions in Aruba is taking an early morning walk with my dad.  I am generally not a morning person, but I have become a bigger fan as time has gone by (and since sleep was sacrificed to children long ago anyway).  I particularly love the quiet time we have to speak and catch up.  Alexa joined us for a walk this past week, and I was able to capture her explorations, checking out a ship in the distance on a quiet stretch of beach.  The sun was still somewhat low in the sky, though already quite strong, creating a distinct shadow, so the direction is pretty clear.


I am also including a couple of posed portraits from this week, which utilize a more subtle directional light.  I am generally not a formal portrait kind of girl, but I find myself taking them when I am visiting with my family like I am now.  These were taken when we were about to head in to dinner at Ruth’s Chris (my dad’s favorite), but the sun was low in the sky and to camera right, just before sunset, so I dragged them out for a 5 minute photo op.  In the photo of the girls, it was a bit behind them and to the right (I would have loved to get them turned a bit more to the right for a bit more light on their faces, but getting them to pose at all was a big fat miracle).  Also, how cute are these dresses that my dad got for them?  Love!



Please continue along in our creative blog circle to see the creative work of my friend Kelly of K. Rox Photography.  Kelly is a Brooklyn based photographer who is spending this month celebrating her birthday.  Click HERE to see Kelly’s creative play on directional light, and don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday!

7 thoughts on “Project 52: Playing with Directional Light (5)

  1. Love these treasured memories and sharing your morning walk tradition with your girl! That last one is just precious with lovely light!

  2. Kami these are gorgeous. I love the dresses and cute colorful shoes. What a treasure to have such a sweet image with their grandparents.

  3. Kami looks like an amazing trip! Those dresses are so cute. I love the first image with Alexa on the beach and the ship in the background. And it was so nice to see your parents too! How sweet – you can tell how happy they are to be with the girls.

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