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.

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. 


polaroid land camera 100

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.


sunday drives

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.

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.