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.
Today was the first full day I had with my new camera. So, naturally, I had to go and test it out. The camera takes beautiful photographs - the color rendition is amazing. I really enjoy the camera itself - it's compact, lightweight, and fairly easy to learn to use. There are still some things that I'm learning on but for the most part, it's pretty easy to pick up on.
Below are some of the photographs that I took from today. We went to Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA and the landscape was just beautiful. It was late in the afternoon so the sun was starting to go down and the glow from the sun was perfect. I shot some landscapes, portraits, close ups, and tested it out in lower lighting. I can take a photograph at night, hand held, and the quality is great.
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.
A few years ago, I shot a lot of abstract photography. I used neutral density filters and had a lot of movement and blurred objects in my photographs. During my senior year of college, I had grown a lot from that series, which you can see here. I haven't gone back to it in a while, but while we were driving down the highway today I couldn't resist.
I didn't use any neutral density filters on any of these, I just slowed down the shutter speed to get the movement from the car. You can only plan so much with these photos, so when something interesting comes out, it's exciting. I love the clear split between these two spots - under the overpass and without the overpass. The darkness that fills the negative space between those two columns gives the photograph a mysterious feeling.
This is my favorite photograph from today. When you take slow shutter speed photographs, there's a lot of ones that just don't work out. There's usually nothing interesting about them, no composition - they just don't work. But this is one of the better ones. I love the break in the green that the white section creates. I love these because this is something that we've all seen driving on the highway, but it isn't something that is typically captured.
All photographs taken on a Canon Rebel Eos T1i with an 18-55mm lens. Blurred motion is done in camera, basic edits done in CameraRaw.