Day 201 (19 July 2012) Egg-celent Shadows

A few days a go I read a post on the Photofocus blog about lighting.  It suggested using a light source and an egg to see how different positions and distances for the light would affect the image.  So last time I went grocery shopping I bought a half dozen eggs, cooked with 5 tonight and kept the other for my practice.

Here are some of the shots I found interesting.  However, I did learn a bit about how the light envelops, or doesn’t, the subject.  I would like to do this exercise again, with more time, to really just study it.  I can’t say I’m ready to go buy a bunch of studio lights, but I have a little bit better understanding of how distance and angle affect the image, and can try to use this in my photography 🙂

I’ll probably also submit one of these to the Silhouette photo challenge, which I highly encourage you to join!

2012_Jul_19_Egg Silhoutte_008

50 mm, 1/250 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Shadow)

2012_Jul_19_Egg Silhoutte_020

50 mm, 1/640 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Silhouette)

2012_Jul_19_Egg Silhoutte_00750 mm, 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Shadow)

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50 mm, 1/640 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Half Moon Egg)

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50 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Full Moon Egg)

Day 50 (19 Feb 2012) Church

Today marks Day 50 of my Project 366!  I have not missed a day so far!  Though at least a few photos posted were just to have one up, but hey, at least I’m still on track!  I’m kinda surprised that I’ve made it this far, and it’s encouragment that I will finish this project 🙂

I was trying to think of somthing I could shoot that would be in line with a theme of “50”; either the number somewhere or 50 of something or whatever.  But I didn’t give it enough thought and on my way home tonight I realized that it was too late to be super creative.  So I chose another subject.

This old Congregational church in Norwich is quite beautiful to look at.  It was built in the 1850s and is in great condition.    During the day you can see it in its redish color and really appreciate its architecture.  I thought I would be great to shoot at night, since it looks cool all lit up at night.  But with the mix of lighting on the building itself, along with all the street lights that are in that area causes this to be very challenging to shoot.  There are much better sides to this building than what you see below, but between the lighting and interfering objects (power lines, poles, etc), in addition to my own lack of experience in shooting something like this, most shots came out w/ areas over exposed and others under exposed.  So I settled on the shot below which is the most evenly lit (or un-lit) side so I would not have to spend hours in Lightroom adjusting exposure on each area.

If you have any tips on how to shoot a building like this at night, please share them!  I would like to try this building again 🙂

Church

21 mm, 61 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Church)