Never Too Ill For Taking Photographs

Swinging 70mm, f3.2, 1/60s, ISO 100

On Wednesday I left work mid-afternoon — wasn’t feeling so great.  I walked in the door at home, said ‘hi’ to my family while making a beeline to my bed.  Three hours later I woke up to miserable aches and fever.  While (barely) standing at the sink to get a drink of water I looked through the window and saw my daughter swinging.  Loving that backlight from the sun, and remembering that the dailyshoot assignment was to take a photo using natural light, I grabbed the camera (which is always handy) and took this shot.  I purposely included the window frame to give a sense of someone inside looking out.  Headed right back to bed for the night at that point…

I had in mind to try and use the window frame in a rule-of-thirds mode but it just didn’t work out with the other elements in the frame as I tried options.  Of course I only tried for about 30 seconds because I couldn’t get back to bed fast enough.  I got a little lens flare…that’s OK sometimes and doesn’t detract from this shot IMO.

Finally processed the image the next day — picked a preset in Lightroom, added a bit of warmth and clarity — done.


5 responses

  1. Very cool shot. Love it! The lines and colors are perfect.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:10 am

  2. Beautiful shot, Michael! I like how your daughter and the trees are almost in alignment, which contrasts nicely with the window frame. Well done!

    April 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

  3. Excellent shot, Mike.

    The heart of a true photography – nothing stops a good shot…love it!

    Had that nasty thing you described, myself, a few weeks ago. I NEVER catch anything but did that time. Praying for you!

    BTW – made it to Hamilton Pool yesterday. I just can’t believe I have lived here all my life and never knew that gorgeous place was there. Thank you so much for sharing. ~ Debbi

    April 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  4. This is a great shot Michael!

    April 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

  5. Thanks, everyone! I had the fortune of catching this at the right time and it turned out nicely…for me it’s one of those family shots that I’ll look at in the future to remind me of when the kids were young.

    April 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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