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.

January 2

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. 

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. 

light, shadow, & nature vs. manmade

Back at it! I'm definitely feeling a bit more inspired to get back to shooting and am happy with the results today. I'm back to actually looking at things and making connections between buildings, signs, nature, and objects. The way shadows work in between buildings and parking lots catch my eye. 

It's the way that shadows dance across things like the pavement and the architecture. It creates an entirely new space in the composition. I love seeing how things evolve inside new spaces. 

Then there's moments where you see something as simple as this. Simple, delicate and unlikely for the pure fact that this is on the side of a highway. It's interesting when nature takes over manmade things. This definitely isn't taking over the highway, but it's just the idea of it. The idea that 'hey, here's this grimy highway, let's throw a tree over there to maybe distract from the highway'. I see and think about this a lot. Who has inspired me to see these things and think about them is the photographer Toshio Shibata. He has an entire series exploring the ways nature overtakes manmade structures, or vice versa.  


All photographs are shot with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i, using an 18-55mm lens. Edited in Camera Raw. 

finally - sunshine!

Excuse me for forgetting to do this yesterday. Honestly, three days of rain can have a real affect on the notion of motivating myself to get things done. I'm certainly not one to want to go out in the rain - more like 'let's stay inside all day and binge watch on Netflix.' I did shoot yesterday, and today, but just was feeling a bit blah to actually post anything. I've been taking a new route in the morning  because of this rain and the mini floods it causes on a regular road I would normally take. 

I don't, by any means, think that this is a great photograph. Although, this isn't about forever taking beautiful photographs. It's about shooting everyday (or almost) and writing about it. I do love the way the buildings overlap each other. There's something about the top portion of this composition that I love. I would crop it, but I'm a believer in not cropping photographs to how you like them. I think it's important to pay attention to how you make your compositions. BUT, with that aside, I do love the top portion and I think overall it's an okay image - probably why I turned it into a black and white. Maybe I thought it would distract from the boringness of the photograph - or maybe I thought it would create a story that I'm not even sure of what. 


And today - sunshine! Well, not until around four this afternoon, but better late than never! It feels good to have the sunshine pouring through the windows. 

We put the light to good use this afternoon. I took out my 50mm, because what other wonderful use for this lens than portraits, and photographed my boyfriend. We also took a few photographs of each other using his Polaroid 100 Land Camera WITH the Portrait Kit. We found it at a flea market a few weekends ago for $35. I haven't quite gotten the focus down on using the Land camera but, with practice, I will. Those photographs from it are so beautiful - eventually I'll get them up on here. Although I'm not a huge portrait photographer, there's no denying the right light for one, which was captured this afternoon. On another note, I've been interesting in doing a self portrait project, but just not entirely sure where to start.
BUT, I read this the other day and couldn't disagree with how true it is.

All photographs are self portraits.
— Minor White

Both photographs are taken with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i with a 50mm lens. Edited with Camera Raw and PhotoShop to convert to black and white.