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October 8, 2010

Keep It Simple – Picture Fall, day 8

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 7:57 pm
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Sorry about moodiness of yesterday’s post.  I’m better today, over my frustration.  I got to take today’s picture outside in sunlight, which makes me happy.

Picture Fall day 8

Studying light was the main gist of today’s prompt.  As photographers, we are always interested in the light, and I suspect that many of you, like me, even have a favorite time of day for light.  The time for mine varies with the season of course, but I love that late day glow, an hour or two before the sun sets.  I was determined to get outside today and spend some time on today’s prompt.  We were instructed to find a single object that interested us and use the light around us to illuminate it.  My object is actually a planter ornament that my sister gave to me for a gift one year.  The ball is filled with a material that glows in the dark, so I thought it might make for some interesting daytime illumination too.  I used some techniques I’ve picked up recently (mostly from Scott Thomas) including  sidelighting to bring out the detail of the ladybug sculpture, using a flat, silver surface to reflect more light and a large aperture to focus on my object and create a bit of background bokeh.


  1. OK, THAT is absolutely beautiful! LOVE the creamy background, and what a cool looking planter ornament!
    I really love this… did you get more pictures of it, from other angles? If not, you should do that some day 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 8, 2010 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  2. I took bunches actually!
    Thanks, Michaela.

    Comment by Karma — October 8, 2010 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  3. Great focus, lighting and bokeh. This is so crisp. Great job!

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 8, 2010 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! It’s great what a little sunshine and a brighter mood can do for a picture!

      Comment by Karma — October 8, 2010 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  4. my comment: AWESOME!!

    Comment by chorwin — October 8, 2010 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by the blog, chorwin.

      Comment by Karma — October 9, 2010 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  5. What a beautiful picture, Karen! I love the simplicity and the lighting. I love the glow of dusk, too, and especially the light that reflects off of snow near sunset in the winter.

    Comment by Barbara — October 9, 2010 @ 6:47 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Barbara. Oh, I don’t want to begin to think about snow! It will be here before we know it. Halloween will be here in a couple weeks, then after that, watch out! The holidays and winter time will be upon us.

      Comment by Karma — October 9, 2010 @ 9:09 am | Reply

  6. This is a really great shot! I feel like I’m just repeating what’s already been said! The background is perfectly even making it even better with the shallow DOF! Great job!

    Comment by photographyfree4all — October 9, 2010 @ 9:49 am | Reply

    • Thank you- I’m glad you came over and had a look. I’m enjoying this daily photo prompt experience. Great for clearing the cobwebs when you feel like you’ve photographed everything around you.

      Comment by Karma — October 10, 2010 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  7. Nice job! You are sooo right about the late day glow…if you watch closely, just AFTER the sun sets below the horizon, you get about 5-10 minutes of ‘magic light’.

    Comment by milkayphoto — October 11, 2010 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

    • You are right that is a beautiful time of day – and you have to be ready for it! More than once I’ve looked outside at that special light and I thought I should take a picture of something but by the time I find my camera and a subject, the light is gone!

      Comment by Karma — October 11, 2010 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  8. I love the image too. Fine illustration of your favorite lighting! I think wandering around looking at things–no camera, no notebook, just you and your eyes and the light–fills up the well. It hones your skill at seeing and anticipating. After awhile, you know where there’s a good story.

    Comment by Gerry — October 11, 2010 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Gerry! You are certainly a teller of great stories, so if you say it, it must be true.

      Comment by Karma — October 11, 2010 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

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