embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

Stieglitz inspired

It's never easy to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This morning was one of those mornings when you think you have everything together until you realize you never even made your coffee. Now that I'm back to work, it's a bit harder to photograph, since 80% of the day I'm inside. So, that calls for shooting during my drive to work and home - and some spots in between. One of my favorite things in the morning is walking outside and looking up. It’s something that can be so easily ignored because these days everyone is so caught up in their phones that they’re constantly looking down. 

The sky was big and cloudy and full this morning. Something that has always inspired me is the beauty in cloud formations, the colors that weave themselves in and out of the clouds, and the simplicity of it all. One day, I’m going to do an entire series of clouds drawing inspiration from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent. 

…to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter… clouds were there for everyone—no tax as yet on them—free.
— Alfred Stieglitz



saturday night

I always love finding little sun spots in my apartment. It could be something that you would just look at and keeping doing whatever you were doing, but I can't help myself but to stop and photograph it. 

In the morning, I have the warm sun hit my windows on one side of my bedroom. In the evening, the sun comes through the back. As I was going into my room last night, I saw this. I couldn't help but take this picture. I love the shadow of the cable lines that hang near my deck. The warm light from the sun is just so satisfying. 


iphone

I haven't taken out my camera the past few days, but I have been using my iPhone. I have a love/hate relationship with camera phones. First of all, everyone and anyone thinks they're a photographer with it. But I love it because I always have it on me and it's a less intrusive way of taking a photograph. 

This was edited using VSCOcam.

This was taken with a slow shutter speed app that slows down the motion of the photograph. It was edited through the app VSCOcam. 

I love the way power lines cross through each other.

And dinner from tonight. Couldn't help but photograph the cheese melting and burning in the oven.


it's the little things

One thing I love to see are these little details or moments into peoples lives. Something that, most of the time, is overlooked. 

I drove by this book store this afternoon and I could see every chair was filled with someone holding an open book. If you look hard enough, you can see them. This is one of those "stop to smell the flowers" sort of things to me. I was in a hurry to get somewhere, saw this, and reversed to take a photograph. 

This was taken a few feet after the first picture that is posted. There isn't really anything that's captivating to me about this. I stopped and took this because I was drawn to the colors of the flowers and how they pop against the green shrubbery. But, while I was doing a quick edit on this, I couldn't help but laugh because these trees look like crazy little monsters. The branches are all out of sorts and sticking out all over the place. I guess you could say it's the little things that make me laugh.   

I've always been obsessed with cloud formations, sunsets, sunrises, etc. I guess it's something that probably a lot of people are obsessed over, but it never gets old. You could have the worst day and feel really down about something but at the end of the day, we get this. How can you not appreciate it?


Shot with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i, using an 18-55mm lens. Edited with CameraRaw.