Winter skies and inspiration

Day Twelve

I shot this yesterday morning when the street light was still on. The zig-zagging lines in the middle are power lines. I’m glad they’re softened so I don’t have to Photoshop them out. The faint light at the bottom is a gas lamp.

This photo is part of a 365-day project I started in the Shutter Sisters 365 group on Flickr. The Shutter Sisters are wonderful photographers and writers who’ve published this book:

Each of the photographers is so talented; I’m very inspired by them. It’s kind of like tennis: you improve by playing with someone who’s better than you. Just looking at a gifted photographer’s work gives you ideas for greater angles, greater composition, greater photos.

I have to say, doing a 365 project can be kind of daunting. I’m used to taking 20 or 30 shots, then picking 3 or 4 for the blog at my leisure. Now I have to produce a decent shot every single day, no matter how I feel, no matter how lousy the weather is.  I used to look at projects by other photographers and wonder why they were taking photos of colored pencils or pots and pans, and now I know! Some days you just don’t want to go outside and sometimes you just don’t feel creative. I hope I don’t resort to taking shots of my thumbs, but you never know. 🙂

I have no idea why some of these branches are purple, but I like the effect. There was a little too much light in the shot, so I tried changing the exposure. As the image got darker, the branches turned purple. The sky already had a pink tinge to it.

On another note, if you want to see a terrific movie, check out The King’s Speech. Colin Firth (a personal favorite) and Geoffrey Rush are perfection.

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15 Responses to Winter skies and inspiration

  1. Pingback: Winter skies and inspiration (via Pearls & Prose) « Duke1959's Blog

  2. Caroline says:

    Enchated pictures… The first one is so beautiful…
    I read a review of the movie it seems as if it was really good and Colin Firth was amazing in it… I would also love to see it because of Helena Bonham Carter. Do you prefer to take pictures outside?

    • Thank you, Caroline. I do prefer shooting outside, but I lived in sunny California for 10 years and got really spoiled. I don’t mind the cold, but won’t take my camera out in the rain or snow–it’s too valuable to me. This has forced me to learn indoor photography and I’m really happy about that.

      Helen Bonham Carter was also good in the movie. I think Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for this, and hopefully he and Geoffrey Rush won’t cancel each other out.

  3. jacquelincangro says:

    Good luck with your new project. I hope that you find you’ll be more creative and inspired in ways that you didn’t even imagine.

    I saw The King’s Speech too. What a great movie! I agree that Colin Firth should be on the Oscar short list. You could really feel for him, struggling to get every word out.

  4. Cheryl Andrews says:

    Thanks to you, Carole, I just joined Shutter Sisters! “Winter Skies and Inspiration” is captivating! Che

  5. Yvonne says:

    Beautiful photos!
    Have a happy weekend,
    Hugs, Yvonne

  6. flyinggma says:

    Love the first photo. I have a similar photo with the purple look to it that I took during a snow storm. I was surprised at the colors when I uploaded it to my computer.

  7. Lady Jennie says:

    I like Colin Firth too

    and what a beautiful shot – that first one.

  8. mindymilburn says:

    That first shot is stunning! The lighting, the silhouette, just stunning!

  9. S.P. says:

    OMG- that first shot is SO beautiful! You take amazing photographs.
    And now, I am going to Amazon to look for that book!


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