It really is all about the light, people. Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t. And sometimes it’s a happy accident. Like the shot above. I was wandering around our favorite garden and something made me look up. I liked the light shining through this bigleaf magnolia tree, so took one shot. I wouldn’t ordinarily look up through tree branches, but I’m learning to see things differently. I’m a color-inside-the-lines kind of gal, so this is good for me.
Both of my sons are outside-the-box thinkers and I wish I could be more like that. Once in a while, it’s not so good. A baseball-bat-throwing contest? Towards the kitchen windows? Crash. Of course. There were so many times when I would just shake my head and wonder, “How do they THINK of these things?” But our dinnertime conversations were the best. Oh, how I miss them. That empty nest syndrome is a lot worse than the magazines tell you. It hurts. A lot.
Back to light. This is one of my first “set-up” shots. I arranged the candle and tissue box when I saw how nice the light was in that corner. I did boost the brightness a bit and added some “glow” with Picasa. That free editing program is nice! The only thing I don’t like is the cropping tool–it has constraints. I want to crop exactly where I need to.
Polished nickel is my new favorite metal. As of this year, when I found out about it. I mean, I knew nickel existed, but not that the polished version was being used as bathroom fixtures, etc. It is beautiful. Kind of like antique silver, without the tarnish and polishing.
Remember when I talked about shooting in bright sunshine? And how it’s not usually a good thing? I got lucky with this shot because the crape myrtle blossoms were in the shade, and the trees in the background were lit by the setting sun. I’ve always loved yellow and purple….
Tomorrow, Mr. Pearl and I are headed up to Pennsylvania for the weekend to visit the Amish country. I’ve never been, so looking forward to it. Hoping to get some nice shots of the countryside and maybe a covered bridge or two.
Have a great day out there!