Shot take while metering on the inside of the window.
Shot taken while metering on the outside of the window.
When I shoot and I know I may not be back to visit the subject any time soon I’ll take multiple shots. The various shots will include different manual exposures, different focal points, and different angles. I don’t bracket, I change my settings to achieve different effects.
For the images above I metered on the different light sources to achieve a totally different effect. One has more contrast, the other is high key. The top image shows only the interior of the window of the New York City Public Library while the second shows more of what is going on outside in the streets of NYC.
Yesterday I had the great pleasure to wander around New York City with some amazing people: Leanne Cole, Stacy Fisher, Robert Marsala, and Nicci Carrera. One of our stops was the New York Public Library – wow! If you have never been inside you need to add it to your bucket list. The architecture is inspiring and the people watching…entertaining. And if you are a lover of books…you’ll feel right at home.
“I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.” – Maya Angelou
The sight of an old barn moves me. Why? I am not completely sure, but it must have something to do with the Sunday afternoons I spent on my great grandfather’s farm as a child. The sight, the smell, the size, the history, all move me. I want to take in every inch of the structure. Today’s post includes two images of the same side of an old Buck’s County barn. The sun was setting and gave such warmth to the barn. It reflects the heritage of the barn, the families who worked in it, the animals who lived in, the labor of love that went into maintaining it.
I typically convert images of old structures to black and white. I didn’t do the conversion for this image because the setting sun on the white barn gave the glow of warmth and history.
Despite the warm glow of the setting sun, I did convert this image to black and white. It speaks of the age of the barn and reminds us not only of the warmth, and love associated with it, but also the labor and distressing moments that went into making the farm the barn supports successful all those years ago.
Ever feel like life is an uphill battle with no end to the frustrating climb? This image reminds me of the climb to something exciting. Perhaps each step is like a piece of the puzzle of life and behind the door is change. Let’s not think of negative change. Life is too full of bad news and stress factors to allow an image such as the one below to lead us down the path to negative thoughts. Let’s think pleasant thoughts and dream of what could be behind the door at the top of the stairs? Something worth the climb? Something wonderful? A surprise? A piece of history? A special someone? Want to keep climbing to find out?
“The Back Stairs at Fonthill” Keep climbing and you’ll reach your destination, your surprise, your reward, your peace.