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.
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.
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.
My boyfriend and I found a Polaroid Land Camera 100 at a flea market a few weekends ago. He's the film camera pro, but I love the peel apart film and want to learn how to use it. SO, once he fixed it up (something with the battery pack), he let me take a portrait of him.
It's definitely hard to use. It's hard getting used to the rangefinder focus. It was weird trying to figure out a composition. I'll have to order some of my own film (so I don't use all of his) and play with it on my own. I hate to admit, but this photo was pretty much an accident. I definitely didn't expect it to come out so well (other than that fact that it's not fully focused).
BUT if you want to read a better review of the camera, click here.
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.