Sunday, February 3, 2013

5/52: Finding the Light

This year I am participating in Paint the Moon's Let's Do 52 Project for 2013. The overall theme for the year is This is Our Life

Week 5 Prompt: Finding the Light 

Nikon D5000 • 1/800 • ƒ1.8 • ISO 500 • 35mm 

This week's prompt was a bit of a challenge because the weather hasn't been cooperative. A succession of cloudy days with early sunsets, followed by snow and sleet, didn't afford many opportunities to capture a great picture. Normally I love shooting when it is overcast, but it's been bitterly cold and we are still recuperating from a nasty cold. Neither one of us had any desire to spend time outdoors, so I had to find a way to fulfill this week's challenge inside, literally struggling to find the light.

The best indoor light comes from the Western side of our house through the large windows in the living room. The interior of our house is relatively dark, with the biggest windows facing into the forest, and little to no windows on the Eastern or Southern sides. So the living room has the best light, late in the day, just before the sun sinks behind the mountains. 

I captured this image just as another snowfall started. My little guy is no stranger to snow, but he is always fascinated every time it comes down. I caught him quietly watching the flakes accumulate on the back deck. He commented how unbelievable it was to be snowing while the sun was shining over the hills. It seemed to me to be the perfect manifestation of Imbolc, vestiges of Winter clinging to the Earth while Spring struggles to emerge. 

I used Paint the Moon's Hush Now to from the Fresh Collection to soften the image after adjusting the contrast of the RAW file in Aperture. 

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