I love to entertain in the summer and I love to keep it simple. Chicken and brushetta on the grill, a side salad and a sorbet for dessert. And of course, as seen above, fresh picked flowers (free of charge) in simple glass vases used for centerpieces. With no specific challenge or prompt, I decide to take a photo of the flowers to document the lavender, zinnias and more that surround us at this time of year. As my son and I were grouping these lovelies together, he asked me if the inspiration for the photo was the “sunset”? He said that was what the colors reminded him of. I was so struck by his creativity. At the time , I didn’t realize that “sunset” was indeed a project 52 prompt approaching, and to be honest, I would have never thought to use this photo for this weeks inspiration, if it wasn’t for Jack. I love the way his mind works. He challenges me daily to see things through new perspectives. My time with him is always best described as, enlightening.
My “sunset” photo was shot outside under our patio awning in the late afternoon sun. It was really ideal conditions. For the edit, I cropped, selective adjusted the contrast and saturation of the flowers and played with the overall contrast and brightness of the picture in snapseed.
At last an evening without overcast, grey skies! I’ve been very frustrated this week in my attempts to literally capture a sunset, but today, with the boys out in the pool enjoying this warm mellow Sunday night, I noticed the beautiful colours in the sky as the sun gradually set behind the houses surrounding our backyard. I initially just snapped away at the orange and magenta clouds with chimney pots peaking below, but as ever I wanted to add a human element to my picture, and to give some perspective to the marvelous patterns forming in the sky. So Jack obligingly stood on the deck at the edge of the pool so I could use his silhouette in the frame. I’m very happy with the result.
I took this image with my Canon DSLR paired with my 50mm 1.4 lens at around 8 o’clock this evening. I focused and recomposed on Jack so that his silhouette would be a crisp focal point in the corner of the picture. My settings were aperture f/2.2, ISO 320, and shutter speed 1/650. Post processing in Lightroom 4 I aimed to enhance the splendid colours in the photograph, and so I increased the contrast, vibrance, and saturation, and then adjusted the individual settings of the blues and the oranges.