I’m told there will be a #FeministFriday post at Drifting Through tomorrow. I am hoping for a good discussion on the thread. If we manage to have one, it will be the sixth Friday in a row that we’ve managed to have a good discussion about gender inequality. I’ll certainly chime in if I have anything to say, and I will read every word of the thread. Remarks about the photo below.
The light shining from the right of the photo is early evening light from the west. When the sun is high in the sky on a clear day, it creates harsh contrasts. If you’re taking outdoor portraits, you really want to be doing it on an overcast day. But light does interesting things when the sun is low in the sky.
The hours right after sunrise and immediately before sundown are called “magic hour” or “golden hour” in cinematography and photography. Sometimes, during those hours, the light takes on a quality that makes the very air seem to glow gold or orange. When you look out your window and see that light, you want to grab whatever camera you have, run outside, and take photos of something — anything.
If you’re taking closeups, it’s important to position yourself so that your shadow is behind you. My shadow would have killed that wonderful soft contrast in this shot.
I’m getting into photoblogging, and I live in an area that’s rich in flora, so you’ll be seeing a lot of extreme close-ups of plants from here on out (also — buildings, construction equipment, and random objects I find interesting). Flowers are like snowflakes — every one is unique — and I think the contemplation of flowers is good for the soul.
The camera I have is not that great for real photography — it’s a handheld video camera that takes still photos. It doesn’t stop motion very well, and manual focus is impossible. But on the plus side, it does have a good zoom. If the photo blogging is well-received, I’ll work a digital SLR with a real lens into the budget.
Almost anything can be a subject for a good photo if you look at it from the right angle, and from the right distance.