How this Happened

I brought my camera to my parents’ house when we went over for supper on Sunday.  I had been wanting to for awhile, to wander through my dad’s workshop and my mom’s sewing room to see what sort of art I could find.  I never did make it to the sewing room, as I got caught up with the details in the workshop.

On a shelf full of random tools and books, a Pringles tin of paintbrushes is tipped sideways.  I thought it would make an interesting composition, so I set up my tripod to capture a few shots.

The first one looked like this:

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I was happy with the shallow focus, the shades of red and gold, and the unusual angle of the brushes.

Then, my teenage son thought it would be funny to stick his face in front of my lens.

Since my camera was set for a 4 second exposure, it didn’t really capture his face.  What did happen, was it created a soft glow across the composition, and gave me a shot that I liked even better:

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Sometimes, pesky children can be unintentional creative filters.  🙂

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One Magical Morning

On Sunday morning, the trees looked like this:

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We had had freezing rain the day before, and the angle of the sun was lighting up the thousands of tiny frozen drops.  I hadn’t even noticed at first, having had my coffee and done some marking for school.  Then, when I was doing dishes, I looked out the window and it was simply magical.  I immediately dried my hands and grabbed my camera.

The trees were glistening in the light, but the first few shots I made didn’t truly capture how gorgeous they were.  After a few sharply focused shots, I decided to try something a little different.

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These photos better captured the feeling of the moment.  It was truly magical.