Thursday, January 31, 2013


This week Rebecca of Bumbles & Light and Kristi of Live and Love Outloud kick off their Nurture Photography Winter Challenge. As they have so nicely defined it, "Nurture Photography is a seasonal photo challenge series that encourages participants to capture beautiful images through tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts and personal feedback – all designed to nurture one’s creative vision and technical know-how."

This week's prompt is Black/Shadows. I decided to use this prompt to challenge myself by shooting in low-light. I had recently done some reading on this very subject in an article by Megan Dill on the Clickin Moms blog. Here are a few of the main points she lists for shooting in low light:

  • Shoot at the widest aperture that makes sense for the scene.
  • My go-to lenses for low-light work indoors are my 35mm 1.4L and 50mm 1.4.  A fast lens affords much more latitude, allowing more light to hit the sensor at the widest apertures.  It’s like having a head start in a race.
  • Choose the aperture that is appropriate for the scene—do you want a shallow or large depth of field?  Let the ISO speed fall into place after choosing your aperture and shutter speed.

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    ISO 3200, f/2.0, 1/40

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ISO 3200, f/2.0, 1/40

I am not sure how I feel (techically) about the photo above. I don't think I like how her one eye is completely blacked out. I guess you could say it adds an element of drama or moodiness... but hey, it leaves room for improvement, right? 

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ISO 3200, f/2.0, 1/40

I have both a 50mm and a 35mm, however, they are both f/1.8, both relatively fast lenses, but not near as fast or have apertures as wide as a 1.4. I used my 35mm for these photos. I kept my ISO to 3200, as I didn't want to introduce a lot of graininess to the photos.  I also focused manually - it's easier to focus manually in low light, as its hard for the autofocus sensor to work in low-light conditions.  

There's definitely room for improvement, but I was relatively pleased at how they turned out for my first real shot at it. I should have used my tripod as they all aren't exactly tack sharp, but, it was broken and I was still waiting on my new one to be delivered. 

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ISO 160, f/2.2, 1/800

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In this last photo, I loved the shadows that were created by the light streaming through the railing. I caught our kitty sitting in the sun, which is quite rare this winter. She sat still enough for me to capture her and the shadows. I love how the light falls, lighting up the side of her and the other side is lost in the blackness. 

Be inspired and linkup ... or just stop by to enjoy all the beautiful winter images posted by so many talented photographers. 

Kristi and Rebecca, thanks for hosting this challenge. Hopefully this will help pull me out of this winter slump I'm in! 

I'm also linking up with Melissa at Serendipity is Sweet for Friday Photo Journal, Lisa at The Long Road to China for Favorite Photo Friday and Photo Story Friday with Cecily and Lolli. Pop on over to their sites to see what everyone was up to this week.  

Hope you all had a great week! I'm happy to be heading into another weekend!!


PS - I redid my site this week! I am so happy with the changes! I bought a template and worked with Angie of Angie Makes to customize it. She was very easy to work with and was patient with my many questions. She also has an Etsy shop. You can find it  here.
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  1. Great shadows - I challenged myself this week on this challenge too! I worked more with lighting and casting shadows instead of low light though(not any great lenses I have)

  2. I just LOVE that we had the same idea. You & I- would be dangerous if we lived closer together. :)

  3. I like the cat one... makes me want to know what he/she was looking at.

  4. Beautiful selection, the light on her face is stunning... very fond of the cat image too, the shadows are fabulous in that image


  5. Gorgeous shadow shots Tish, really love the creative lighting.

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Nurture Photography Challenge!

  6. That last shot worked out great.

    And the blog looks good too. Simple yet elegant.

  7. I love black and whites because it is so much for to play with the shadows. These are great! Thanks for linking up.


  8. I love that you used the laptop as a light source. I love the photos I took of my 3yo in the dark, lit only by my iPad. That last photo is my favorite. Nicely done. Thanks for joining us again and for your sweet words. :) Can't wait to see what you come up with next week, Tish!


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