2.10.2015

learning to find the light

One of the downfalls of living in the Pacific Northwest is that winter can be gray...and long...
which makes taking photographs challenging...both in finding the spot where there is light as well as finding the time of day that makes any such photography worthwhile...

So I've been embracing the shadows as well as the light...I've found that the best light comes through the north facing window in my kitchen...directly behind the sink...so the small area to the left of the sink...before you knock your head on the upper cabinets...is the best spot to take photos...

Trying to capture that nuance of dark, moody photographs...pretending that it was a conscious effort to avoid shooting in a bright, sun-lit atmosphere...
edited with kk texture plaster squared
























I picked up these daffodils...just starting to burst open...

Less than a week later...they are bolting...
edited with kk texture plaster squared




































Swapping out the backgrounds also helped to elicit different moods...so many possible tweaks and variations...

Other photo fun I've been having...recently learned that prints of John James Audubon's Birds of America paintings are available for free download...one of my favorite artists...his precision and execution are incredible...
find all the prints here www.audubon.org/birds-of-america

I just had to play...
original print





















My composition - "Birds on the brain"
overlay of one of my photos of birds in trees with 2LilOwls texture...







































Joining the group over at kim klassen's Texture Tuesday...why don't you stop by...

12 comments:

  1. Oh Amy you have really done a fantastic job with the bird. You have inspired me with this piece. I also now picture you in your studio working when I see your posts. So nice to visit here. :-)

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  2. Oh I love your daffodils and the beautiful still life you have created!!

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  3. I love how the light hits the bright yellow flowers - beautiful! Thanks for the link (I love bird images!).

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  4. Those daffodils make me even more impatient for spring than I am already! As soon as we turn the calendar to February, it seems we photographers start collecting these harbingers of spring. And, oh, yes! I know all about chasing the light in my home and how fleeting it is. That's part of the reason we long for spring!!

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  5. Thanks for the Audubon link Amy!
    Never too many resources right?
    I enjoy your every post! ;o)

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  6. It's always about the light...
    Love your bird edit. Will check out those downloads.

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  7. I love the edited bird in the last picture, it looks mysterious and proud.
    I followed the Audubon link and found beautiful paintings, thanks for sharing the link here. Unless I'm much mistaken I got to know Audubon in a novel where he played a significant role but I can't remember the title of the book now though I surely liked the story...

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  8. Love the moody shots and what you did with the Audubon bird.

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  9. Love your first photo. Thanks for the Audbon link

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  10. Your images are just lovely. I hear what you are saying about the light in our area. Good thing dark and moody is trending right now! Also love your collage very much.

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  11. Wonderful photos.....at this time of year I have lots of daffs in the house. They are so cheering....

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  12. Amy, Your arrangement of the element for any still life scene is always perfectly imperfect - and I'm betting this is just a reflection of who you are. Your daffodils with a sparkling of light, set in the vintage tureen with the simple elements of spring planting, is a gentle reminder to embrace each season. So lovely! And thanks so much for the Audubon link which I am sharing with all of my birding friends!

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