Project 52: Playing with Natural Indoor Light (2)

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 frankly adore) over the past year.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme.  For the next four weeks, we are hiding from the elements and concentrating on natural light indoors.

This past week has officially been no fun, with Avery getting sick first and Alexa following soon behind.  And although it’s been cold outside, it’s also been bright and sunny (a rarity in Seattle in the winter), so staying inside has left this mama feeling cooped up and a wee bit stir crazy.  Our time has been spent watching princess movie after princess movie, and taking baths.  Here are a couple pictures of my cuties modeling their hooded towels, still very adorable even when they’re feeling under the weather.  The photo of Avery was taken using my new Lensbaby (a novelty lens that has a small area of focus surrounded by blur) – I can’t wait to get to play with that one outside!

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Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my lovely friend Kim DuPree has posted.  Click HERE for Kim’s latest play on Natural Indoor Light.

 

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Sunrise in Miami

 

 

 

 

A couple weeks ago we were in Miami for a wedding.  Our first morning there, Alexa woke up quite early and, rather than try to convince her to play quietly on the floor, I grabbed her and my camera and headed out to catch the sunrise.  If you know me at all, you will know that this is likely the only sunrise that I will see this year, but if they were all this beautiful I might change my mind.  (Lucky me that here on the west coast we do get spectacular sunsets.)  Sandy was about as close to Miami as it was going to get at that point, so we also got to see some pretty crazy surf, though nothing compared to the horrors that happened up north near where I grew up.  It did mean that this was the only time we got on the beach that weekend.  Now that winter temperatures are here in Seattle, I’m going to be turning to these pictures to warm myself up.

Project 52: Playing with Backlight (4)

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
and never stops at all.
– Emily Dickinson

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme.  Today is our last post that focuses on backlighting, which is when the main light source is located behind the subject.

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this wire that regularly attracts all these pigeons.  When I finally went to shoot it, I had to aim directly into the sun, so I couldn’t really see the details of what I was capturing until I downloaded the files back at home.  I have to admit that I was really excited about the detail in the pigeons who were flying toward the wire.

Please continue along in our creative blog circle to see the gorgeous work of my friend Kelly Roth Patton.  Click HERE to see Kelly’s creative play on backlighting.

Project 52: Playing with Backlight (3)

Moonlight is sculpture.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

My apologies for the lame pun.  I couldn’t resist.

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme.  We are currently focusing on backlighting, which is when the main light source is located behind the subject.  Here is my Alexa, who turns 1 on Monday, and has begun exploring the world on her own little feet:

 


Please continue along in our creative blog circle to see the beautiful work of my friend Kim DuPree.  Click HERE to see Kim’s creative play on backlighting.

A Modern Day Princess?

 

I try to take pictures of Alexa each month of her first year, just as I did for Avery.  This month, when I was taking her picture, she kept wandering away from the light I was trying to shoot in, so I lured her back with my iPhone.  She is obsessed with it, of course.  Unfortunately, once she was back in the light, the only shots I could get of her where either with her playing with it or with her crying that I’d taken it away.  Sigh.  She does look awfully cute anyway, though, doesn’t she?

Project 52: Playing with Backlight (2)

“To love beauty is to see light. ”  – Victor Hugo

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers.  In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme.  We are currently focusing on backlighting, which is when the main light source is located behind the subject.  I love taking backlit photos, both indoors and out, and love that backlighting can create an “otherworldly” effect in a photo.  Today’s play on backlighting is of Avery playing dress-up in my clothes, posing for me in front of a large glass door:

Play Time

Please continue along in our creative blog circle to see the fantastic work of my friend Julie Kiernan.  Click HERE to see Julie’s creative play on backlighting.

Project 52: Playing with Shadows (4)

Today’s post is for a long-term collaborative photo project I am participating in with several other talented photographers whom I have come to know and admire over the past year. This project concentrates on light and learning to master its many dynamic forms. We spend several weeks at at time exploring a common overarching theme so we can really dig in deep, have fun, and take creative risks. Here is my final take on our first theme, shadows:

My Shadow  by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow–
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

And I would like to say goodbye to shadows with one quick extra picture:

self-portrait

Next up in our creative blog circle is the creative and talented Lisa Rigazio. Please take a moment to check out Lisa’s creative play on shadows.

Project 52: Playing with Shadows (3)

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.”
― C.G. Jung

Once again, today’s post is for a long-term collaborative project I am participating in with several other talented photographers whom I have come to know and admire over the past year.  This project concentrates on light and learning to master its many dynamic forms.  We spend several weeks at a time exploring a common theme so we can really dig in deep, have fun, and take creative risks.  Below is my latest take on this week’s theme, shadows.

Next up in our creative blog circle is my dear friend, the incredibly talented Stacey Vukelj. Please take a moment to check out Stacey’s creative play on shadows.