Here is what I wrote:
I decided to go out front and see what I can find. (I usually shoot out back or into the space we let wild sunflowers go amuck.) I loved the coloring of the light falling on the leaves of this vine. So, I shot a few with a flower or two. Much to my surprise, my favorite shot also has a Lynx Spider hiding in plain sight. Lynx spiders are ghost hunters of nature blending into foliages. But beware, they’re fast and scary as heck. Thankfully, they are not dangerous to humans. This one appears to be a survivor as it seems to have old wounds (scars on the abdomen). It’s probably lying in wait for a bee or some other insect to come along.
The skies opened up Monday evening against weather predictions during the “Golden Hour” weekly theme at 52Frames. I quickly set up camera and proceeded to play with self-portraits on the fly for commitment shots. When I opened up the images, this one made me immediately think “Firestarter”. Ha!
Here is what I wrote:
This idea came to me out of the blue while viewing this spot on our land. It’s not quite what I envisioned; but, it’s extremely close. My husband helped with the holding of an orange tone poster board to boost poor golden hour (sunset). With a little work while shooting and editing post-processing, I ended up with this result I’m happy with.
52Frames‘ theme for this week is “golden hour”. Golden hour1 is the magical time during sunrise and sunset that casts a warm glow on its subject(s). Where I live, it’s typically 50 minutes give or take a few minutes. I have an app that tells me when these moments occur.
I don’t mind rising early or staying up late to achieve whatever I set out to do. In fact, I love watching sunrises and sunsets.
So, what’s my problem?
The weather is going to be my grief. It’s predicted to be partly cloudy, cloudy and raining all week. I may or may not get a chance to shoot for golden hour. I will need to have camera ready and tripod handy just in case the clouds give way to the sun during this special window of time.
In the meantime, what to do?
I’m going to have to fake it. This will be another week of a massive learning curve for me. Off the top of my head, I will most likely use a flash off to the side and bounce it off a gold reflector to give the subject(s) the warm glow needed that’s typical of golden hour. My husband has one of these reflectors from his days of his interest in portraits. So, I’ll borrow his.
I still don’t know what I’ll shoot. I suspect it’ll be a self-portrait of some kind.
- Photography. This term is used elsewhere. e.g. The medical world — the critical time for EMTs to save a life.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3 1:1-8 ~
December 23, 2019
Taken during the 52Frames’ Break the Rules theme. I first shot with my phone and immediately thought to myself, I broke the Rule of Thirds. So, I set up my camera the next night and it was an even prettier sunset. I waited until the sun was below the horizon for this shot. The light glanced off the clouds onto the lake water.
The horizon was placed in the center of the image breaking the rule of thirds.
Nitpicking photographers would say there is no separation between the deck railing and the horizon. So, in a sense, I broke the unspoken rule of separation. However, I’d say it works for this picture.
It’s okay to break the rules. It’s your picture. It’s your creation. If it works for you, it works.