As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I've been in a photo and blogging slump. I've posted a couple of times, but still felt uninspired. Then, I remembered it was almost time for 3rd Thursday Challenge with Brenda at How To Feather An Empty Nest. Each month she challenges us to try something new or different in our photography. I must admit I had no clue what to do. I wasn't even in the mood for photography. Then, you know how you read someones blog and the message just seems to be just what you need. Well, that's what happened. I read Kim's post at Focusing On Life about a different technique to try. Perfect!! Something for me to do! Along with some stunning images she gave instructions on how to take a dramatic image in the daylight creating a dark background. I've always wondered about those beautiful dark backgrounds.
These images were taken in the afternoon in direct sunlight. I adjusted the shutter speed and aperture to underexpose the image, which means to make it too dark. My first attempts didn't get the desired dark background, but I like the colors of this one!
I also liked this one with the blurred background, a little bit of bokeh, and the tree line.
I tried again later about 4 p.m. This time, I was indoors with the sun coming in a west window and it worked much better.
I did have to contrast a little and add a little shadow, but I was happy with them.
It's hard to believe these were taken in the sunlight!
This is just what it took to get me out of my slump!
I'm ready to pick up my camera again!
Thanks to my friends,
Brenda for the challenge,
Kim for the instructions, and
Kelly for giving me some advice about the camera settings and the set-up she used to take her gorgeous picture, You can see it here.
Everyday I'm grateful for the friends I've made through photography. We may never see each other in person, but there is a kindred spirit among us!!