The constant Seattle downpours remind me of this very fact: We don’t always have the fortune of breathtaking light. When we do, we relish the precious, vibrant light of sunrise or sunset. But when we don’t, we’ve got to be intentional about seeing beyond the light. We’ve got to be on the lookout for stories around us.
This scene caught my eye. The stone washed temple ruins, a horse, AND random, wooden chair!
Plus, this isn’t any horse. This is a dressed up horse.
I had to capture this scene. I felt like it would be one of those images that I could look back on in the future to inspire my photography, writing, or remind me to be open to the unexpected in my creativity. The horse and simple, wooden chair were so unexpected for where we were.
The above image is unprocessed. I have not touched it up on my computer. Right off the bat, you can tell that this wasn’t sunrise or sunset lighting like the first one. Nope, pretty much middle of the day sunlight. Needless to say, the light wasn’t adding much drama.
But seeing beyond the light helped me recognize other great components.
This is when I take an image into Adobe’s Lightroom and touch it up. I up’d my Blacks, added a little bit of Contrast, a subtle Vignette around the outer edges, and got rid of that blue jacket on the ground. This was my final result.
These changes helped me finish off the photo so that the unusual, magical details stood out more.
I’m a busy mom, wife and business woman.
I refuse to spend hours upon hours sitting at my computer applying endless changes to my photos.
I simply can’t. I’m not in love with being on my computer. I’m in love with shooting. To be able to shoot more and post process my images less, I have to set my photo shoots up for success. I schedule shoots to happen around ideal light like sunset. But, I can’t always make that happen. That is when I have to forget about my search for ideal light and look for the details that catch my eye.
And then I’ve got to promise myself to NOT spend a hour, or even 30 minutes, altering the image on my computer. I promise yourself to work at becoming better and better with my exposures and understanding of light because the better I get at dancing with light the less post process I’ll need to do.
Then I take a deep breath and give a long exhale. Ultimately, I want to savor my time with the family and not get caught up in striving for perfection. Brian never struggles with striving for perfection. LOL!
Have you ever wanted to be so much better at your photography RIGHT NOW?
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all there is to learn but can’t seem to get away from wanting to learn more and more? It’s in moments like this that I remind myself of my love for photography because the lessons of light and capturing what you see are endless.
On some days the endlessness of it all will stress me out. On other days, it will be the inspiration that lifts me above my daily burdens. To persevere through the ebb and flow of that changing tide, to not find ourselves drowning, this is the commitment we make as artists.
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