We like to have a large window in the living room so we can connect with the world out there. It is a must. We gather around it like a warm campfire. I like to take pictures near it too. It casts a nice, soft light that can make it very easy to get great portraits. The picture above though, was not so easy to get. Modern cameras are great. They allow you to take a decent picture in a lot of situations that were very challenging not long ago. In the picture above, I knew that the camera would either expose for the tree outside, leaving a completely black subject, or expose for the subject leaving the outside almost completely white. If I remember correctly, I focused on him, recomposed, and told the camera to overexpose by one stop. What I was trying to do was not lose any detail outside, or on him. I moved some sliders in Lightroom to pull the outside back a bit and him up a bit. The result is what I was imagining when I took the picture.
When I was learning this, long before digital, I had to take the pictures, trying over and under exposing by what I thought was the right amount, and then wait until I had the money to process the film. Next time you have a picture with both really bright, and really dark, try over or under exposing. (It might be +/- EV on your camera.) Just look at what you get on the back of the camera. It’s free.
Eric just said, “they get so happy all the time”. I paraphrased it as, “they get so happy at the simplest things”. It’s true.
As I said a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten into Instagram. You can view my Instagram feed here (I’m blossomingtwigs). It’s been fun to share more photos and play around with their settings. It’s so easy and quick to upload. I took the above photo a few weeks back on my iPod.
More recently, I’ve gotten into Pinterest. It’s on my list to add a follow button on my blog but until then you can follow me here. I’m so loving it. I enjoyed pinning things to my cork bulletin board growing up, so to have an online pin board is so nice. All those images I’ve been storing in my head or writing down to remember I can now just pin on my boards online. It’s also helping me get clear about design ideas. Check it out. It’s a lot of fun.
Any of you on Instagram or Pinterest? Do you like it? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to hear.
sharing a photo a day this week…
- cake, wheat grass, paper lights in window display as well as some interior of bakery, with reflections of bakery, and of people, bike and other paraphenalia outside – Evanston, Illinois
- iPod camera – instagram: walden – high contrast
I’ll be sharing a photo a day this week.
- vintage lights hanging on our back, postage stamp size, concrete slab of our ground floor apartment
- sun was setting
- iPod camera
Still sick…, but here’s a favorite photo from our two weeks in Denmark.
Have a nice weekend.