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Black and White Monday: Light

–When you possess light within, you will see it externally. (Anaïs Nin*)
{153/365+1v.2} Lost and found

*Another quote that I’ve not found the source of other than other online quoters. Yes, I’m an academic at heart in case you wonder.


Seeing light

I’m following an online photo workshop at the moment, called Find Your Eye with Kat Sloma. For the first lesson she asked us to shoot an object in different types of light – daylight, sunlight, lamplight, artificial light, and so on, using the camera in auto mode. An interesting exercise; I have experimented with various types of light before, of course, but never in such a deliberate way.

I’ve had confirmed for me two main conclusions:

First, the lighting conditions in this country are difficult in winter.

Shooting in lamplight or candlelight in the evening in my apartment requires a tripod; I need at least 800 ISO to get a non-blurry shot without a tripod, and my camera is old enough that I get a lot of noise in my images very quickly.  We’ve had brief moments of sun this week, but I was not able to seize the moment and do this exercise then.  I love shooting in direct sunlight during summer, like I did for instance here. Shooting in daylight on an overcast day turns out okay if a bit flat.

There’s an interesting mindfulness exercise here as well. I’ve mentioned before that my New Year’s Resolution is to focus more on light. Not only does this resolution make for better photography. Also, I am better able to fight the touch of seasonal affective disorder that always creeps up on me when I get up before the sun and go to bed long after the sun has set. I love the synergy effect here – essentially, getting better at my hobby makes me happier!

Second, I would love to experiment more with flash, on- and off-camera.

The two images I was the most happy with from this exercise are shown below. In both of these I had to adjust the exposure, since the camera underexposed them probably due to the fairly bright paper I chose as background. I have also increased the colour saturation, but not changed the colour otherwise, since the camera reproduced the colours fairly well.

The left-hand image shows the one where I used flash directed towards the necklace; the right-hand image is natural, overcast daylight. I really like the crisp shadows to the left, as opposed to the vaguer and more undefined shadows to the right. The flash also seems to bring out more details and make the image pop in a different way than the more flat image to the right.

All in all, I can only conclude that the key here is experimentation – to continue to be aware of the light and keep in mind which type of light works for what I want to achieve.

Seeing light and correcting colour

The light in my life

{78/365} PtH Day 16: The light in my life

It’s not that I don’t think I’m good at anything, because I do, and I am. But I grew up with the image of ‘the clever girl’, constantly praised at school and at home for being smart. That image has left me dependent on external affirmation and praise. I know there are things I am good at, but I I rarely feel good enough unless someone else confirms that I am.

The title of Tracey Clark’s self-kindness collaborative says perfectly how it should be: I am enough. Currently, life keeps telling me that I am not enough. My current contract expires at the end of this month, and I am applying for jobs and grants all over the place. Again and again my applications are rejected and someone else gets the job. I am told I have a good CV. A good project. But when the people in charge reject me, that is what I take to heart.

I wish I had a solution for how to deal with this. An easy-to-follow recipe resulting in a person who is calm and believing in herself. I don’t, and probably never will. But I do know the one thing that is going to get me through this: remembering the light in my life. Because there sure is a lot of it when I remember to pause and take a look.


The gift of time. The gift of life. The gift of wisdom. The gift of light. For these things we are thankful. For these things we pray.
Day 26: Open Heart, Open Mind
(A quote from the tv-series Babylon 5. Appropriate for a photographer I thought, seeing as light is included with the other gifts.)

Autumn light

If only autumn wouldn’t give way to winter – then I wouldn’t regret the end of summer so much.
Day 7: After the Fall