Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Light and Shadow

The prompt this week is Light and Shadow – one of my favorite topics. The right lighting makes a picture perfect but it can also be one of the hardest skills for a photographer to learn.

Getting the light right is something I struggle with every time I pull out my camera. There’s no strict formula – at least one that I know of. It’s usually just a “guestimate” and then a couple of clicks one way and then a couple a clicks the other way until I’m satisfied with what I see in the viewfinder.

If you look closely enough, I swear this turtle is giving me the evil eye.

There’s so many features to consider – aperture, shutter speed, angles, ISO, distance etc. One certainty is to try and avoid the sunniest part of the day but I got extremely lucky with the two photos above.

The photo above is the window where my dad and his Sunday School class sat during church. I was visiting mom one night and when we went out for dinner, I saw the church lights on so I was able to get my first stained glass photography. That took lots of trial and error before I got it right.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2022/05/07/lapc-198-light-and-shadow/

You can see more of my photography here: https://photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com/index

Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Geometry

Our prompt this week is geometry – a course I barely passed in high school. The shapes themselves are beautiful but figuring out the formula to measure, etc just wasn’t interesting to me.

I originally pulled out photos of bridges, piers and flowers, etc to share but my brain did a complete 180 degree turn on me. Because of some health issues and the pandemic, I haven’t been able to get out to take photographs. I’ve been reading a lot (My mom and aunt like the same kinds of books I do so we pass them back and forth.) and taking a couple of online classes to learn how to draw – something I’ve always wanted to do. Well, I still can’t draw by hand but drawing with the computer is going much better.

Aren’t these the coolest things? The computer figures it all out for you once you learn what values to input.

Once you learn how to make the shapes, you can learn how to make patterns from them. My grandson, who is now 5, has about a thousand little cars which were the inspiration for the pattern on the right. You have to be very careful walking through his room or take a chance of stepping on one and taking a fall.

And last is a project done for a watercolor class. Happy Easter!

You can find responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/03/27/lens-artists-photo-challenge-141-geometry/ts

You can see more of my patterns here: http://pearlscreativedesigns.com