After dinner last night, John and I were sitting on the porch. The light was fantastic and so I thought I would try to take a few pictures before it got dark. I took photos of flowers – some stella d’oro day lilies
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and some lovely little flowers Emily brought back (in a seed packet) from her visit to Ireland. I don’t know what they are called. They remind me of a teeny, tiny bridal bouquet.
The evening light was making striking highlights and shadows. The slanting rays were like fingers caressing each flower they touched. The light was such a lovely color that it was making ordinary objects appear extraordinary, Our basketball hoop, for example, became a study in sunshine and shadow.
I love the saturated colors that the evening light allowed me to capture. I could tell that the light was good, but I didn’t know if any of my shots were going to be interesting until after I had uploaded them. I never judge a photo by the tiny image on my camera screen. I have to make it big, big, big on my computer screen and look around for a portion of the picture that pleases me. Because of this, I NEVER edit on my camera. No matter what I think I see (or don’t see) on the camera screen, I do not hit the delete button on the camera. Ever.
My photos are still fairly ordinary, but I think that they are improving. I am definitely noticing light in a new way. I still photograph a lot of flowers, but I am starting to break out of that habit a little. A lot of my shots are complete garbage, but that does not bother me at all. I want to improve, to eventually be good enough to enter a contest or a photography show. I have my camera (yes, it is a Nikon point and shoot) with me always and I have learned the hard way to make sure my battery is always charged. I think that the best way to improve is to keep practicing, keep looking at professional photos (there are so many amazing photos online), keep reading about photography and photo editing, keep loving photography, and keep practicing some more. Shoot, edit, enjoy, repeat.