70 Days of Photos (Part II)

photo a day, window light

Window Light on the Floor

Last week I gave some background on the photo a day project I began at the end of March. It’s been a fascinating journey and one I’m still pursuing. This photo, of afternoon light coming through a window onto my dining room rug, epitomizes what I learned from the “Naked Vision” class taught by Colleen Henderson: look around you. There are photographs waiting to be taken everywhere. Small everyday moments that make you catch your breath and reach for your camera shouldn’t be ignored.

Trust your instincts. There is a reason you wanted to photograph that chair, that shadow, that building. Maybe the subjects aren’t grand, but they speak to you, so don’t ignore the urge to capture the image. You don’t have to go somewhere exotic to work on your vision. Another lesson I learned: don’t be afraid of high ISO’s or feel you always need a tripod to capture an image. The opening photo was taken at a high ISO, hand held.

So here are some images I took that are some of my favorites from the workshop. Many of them capture light and shadows, shapes and stillness. A few – to my surprise – feature animals or people (not usually my strong suit). I like them all!

I’m still shooting daily, and will continue to do so until it no longer appeals to me or I feel I need a break. This weekend and next I’m taking an intensive Photoshop class (again with Colleen) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, so an iPhone image may have to suffice. The important thing is to keep looking and shooting.

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6 Comments on “70 Days of Photos (Part II)”

  1. Cathy Carr Says:

    Wow Wow Wow. LOVE these. Will gratefully spend more time with each image later this weekend. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WORK! Cathy Carr

    • Melissa Says:

      I’m so glad you like them. I’ve actually made a book of all the images I shot, and am looking forward to having it as an incentive to keep shooting.

  2. Liz Says:

    beautiful collection, Melissa.
    Enjoy the photoshop classes!

  3. Sarah Says:

    Nice group of photos. You’ve inspired me. I appreciate your finding images in everyday life. No small thing that you are photographing every day! What about time of day? So many landscape photographers preach the magic light of early morning and late afternoon, but what if you can’t shoot then? Head for the shade? Shoot on a cloudy day? Looks like you’ve done that and in the rain as well.

    • Melissa Says:

      Sarah, being forced to photograph daily meant that unless I had a shoot scheduled for a client, I was almost never photographing during ideal light conditions. Some days I did photograph under overcast skies, but often I’d be shooting in strong light (the photo of the light fixture on the edge of my gym roof, for example). I learned to make lemons from lemonade; and I often discarded lots of images. I also learned to shoot through my car window during rainy periods! There are interesting images to make regardless of the weather, although not necessarily in a garden. Glad you enjoyed looking at this collection.


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