Picture Fall: Keeping it Simple
Sometimes, the best way to learn about using light to enhance your photography is to keep it simple. Using a single object to help as you begin your study can be more effective and easier than working with moving targets (like people). You just have to work with your subject; move it around, watch the light on your object as it reflects, highlights, and shapes the form you are working with. The object and the light will begin to reveal their relationship to each other once you really start looking. Seeing the light (quite literally) is how you have to start.
Today you will study light. Find some object that appeals to you and use the light around you (indoors or out) to illuminate it.
I probably took 50 photos of this bowl in varying positions before I found one that appealed to me. Still, though, I don’t love it. I think that the biggest challenge for me is simplicity. Simple, colorless photos don’t appeal to me. I crave color. I took my photos for this prompt and then went for a jog so I could think about it with a clear head (I jog for mental clarity as much as for physical health) and while jogging it occurred to me that the beauty in the above picture is the bokeh (blurred background light) that mimics the design in the glass.
What the prompt was probably looking for looks more like this photo.
Water tumbling out of the fountain captured with my macro and a shutter speed of 1/8000s. Although the water is crystal clear the lack of color is unappealing.
While I was out searching to fulfill my Keeping it Simple prompt I photographed the above pampas grass. The sun was just rising and the light had found the one frond while the others remained in the dark.
I also found some flare on this pumpkin cairn. Light a pumpkin candle.
Finally, yesterday, on our drive home, we spotted this incredibly amazing rainbow made even more spectacular by the autumn colors and the setting sun. And, if you look really hard, you can see a double rainbow that I didn’t spot until I pulled it up on my screen. I could kick myself hard for not have my DSLR with me. At least I had a point and shoot.