New camera in hand, I'm busy learning the ins and outs of taking good photos. Donna's monthly photo challenge plays into that so nicely, that I'm giving it a try for the first time. These photos are taken with my Nikon 1 J2 and a basic 10-30mm lens. I used Picasa to bring the shadows up a bit, but that's it for editing.
Little Miss and I snuggled right up to the glass patio door to try out some new window stickers. She was entranced. One of the articles that Donna recommended reading talked about going into the garage to take photos with dramatic light. I don't have a garage, so I tried the window. It's winter on the Pacific coast, so we had a grey sky and a little drizzle to work with. Even so, we had nice directional light coming in. I like the modeling on Miss's face and hands, and the blurred out garden in the background. There's a term for that blurred effect, but I don't know what it is.
Going to black and white really emphasizes the shape of Miss's face and I appreciate the contrast between the bright garden and the very dark inside of the house. But is one eye too much darker than the other? Something strikes me as not quite right.
I ducked outside for this one and took the photo through the glass window. The trickiest part of this set up was avoiding my own reflection in the glass; it required just the right angle. The light was oblique enough that everything reflected on the window. Of course, that's what makes it such an unusual photo.
This photo reminds me of a certain artist whose works we use to see when I was young in Ecuador. He liked to paint translucent bubbles and steam trains flying in the air above his surreal landscapes. Here, Miss S looks out at the world -- at a wood floor and a shed with cedar siding, at trees and planters, at dining room chairs and lawn chairs -- with an expression of wonder. A dismembered snowman floats by. It's not my favorite picture, but it gets the imagination going.
Does anyone have thoughts on that black eye in the second photo? I'd appreciate tips of any kind.
Linking to A Personal Photo Challenge.