Tag Archive: light

Instagram a Day: Day 6


A very wet, rainy December day. It is magic what water can do to objects. How it can transform them from something mundane to something much more interesting. Water droplets in particular can make the world look so different, if you look through them. ūüėČ I really love this photo. I think it is one of my best from this project so far.


These two photos have light and shadows in common, and also that pink bathroom in the apartment we were living in. Taken on the same wall at different times, these photos focus on the way that light and shadow can create composition. 297 is pretty obvious, it’s all about those blinds and the pattern the sun light creates on my face. The fact that my head is in front of where the light would fall if I hadn’t been standing there creates that break in the pattern, making the rest of the light fall to the left of my head. 298 is about the shadow instead of the light. It focuses on the shadow my face creates on that interesting pink wall, turned slightly purple from the app I used to take it. I enjoy both of these shots. Quality isn’t the greatest, but they are interesting.


‚ÄúThe only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.‚ÄĚ ~Albert Camus


“Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking… a small glimpse of what they hold inside. Little secrets, regrets, joys… every line has its own meaning.” ~Sarah, Los Cerros Middle School

All of these photos were taken on a lovely Autumn day. My daughter was taking a nap (my husband stayed behind)¬†and my son and I decided to go for a walk and explore the little park behind our apartment. To get to the park we must walk beside the City Point Cemetery which has a wonderful stone wall all the way around. The first two photos are taken on and against the wall. It was late afternoon so the sun was starting to make its descent toward the horizon creating a beautiful light and great shadows. It was a perfect day for taking photos. That explains why I ended up with three of them. The last shot was taken on a cliff top. I sat my camera on a wooden post that was in the ground, maybe it was part of an old fence at one time. I think this is my first photo for this project of me from behind. It’s really weird seeing yourself from that perspective. I really love all of these photos. It was a nice day, nice memories and great photos. I love all these quotes too.


“Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality”
~Emily Dickinson


“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” ~Maori Proverb


“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.”
~John Donne

These three shots were taken when we moved into our super cheap, tiny, old apartment. It was nice to be on our own again and have our family back together. However we moved from a large three bedroom house to a small two bedroom apartment. Our bedroom didn’t even have a closet! When the movers left the place had boxes stacked from floor to ceiling in every room. There were even boxes in the backyard. We spent the next month or so going through everything we owned, throwing away stuff, giving things away, taking loads of stuff to the Goodwill and storing things at my parent’s house. It was an overwhelming process. Now that we are out of there I wish I would have kept some of the things we got rid of. Although it was nice to purge and have less crap. The first shot was in our bedroom after we had made it “livable.” You should have seen it before. The second shot was in my favorite room in the place, the bathroom. It was big, spacious, had a closet and a window with plenty of light. I was standing in front of our new shower curtain with the window light coming in from behind. The third shot was on the back porch with the sun low in the sky. I took all three with¬†the borrowed Nikon D40. I like all three of these photos, even though it was a stressful time in my life. I did manage to find the good in the experience, but I am glad we don’t live there any longer.


“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” ~Elbert Hubbard


“If you go, go in Peace it makes the flowers sweeter along the path.” ~Mike Dolan


“It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” ~ Crowfoot

Back in the stone ages when I was in some drawing class at VCU we had a live model and the teacher put a¬†colorful slide projected onto the¬†person. It was really neat how it played on the¬†person’s form and became an abstraction. My mother-in-law bought the kids these night lights that project images, but we haven’t been able to use them because there aren’t any good plugs in their¬†rooms¬†that allow for the projection to shine onto the ceiling. This particular¬†day I remembered¬†them and thought it would be cool to try it out on myself. I went¬†in my room, turned off the lights, plugged in the night light, set my camera on a very long¬†shutter speed with the self-timer and took a few shots. It took a while to get myself in the frame, because it was so dark in there I could hardly see the camera. Anyhoo, I really love this shot, I think it’s lovely. This one is my son’s it is a projection of a space scene with planets and what not. My daughter has one that is of a princess and a castle. I might have to try that one out too.

¬†“The mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe that when you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear, as you yourself do at dawn, sailing through the light.” ~Rumi

Another neat shot from the same shoot.

One hundred and thirty-five

Nothing too special about this shot. I was just trying to get a photo in for the day. I am pleased with it. The lighting and composition are nice. I enjoy¬†the gentle sepia and my expression. The quote was inspired by the light and dark sides¬†that the light created on my face. It’s a great quote too.

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” ~Mark Twain

One hundred & thirty

I think this was a Saturday or Sunday morning. My daughter was in her room watching some kids playing outside. I took some photos of her looking out the window and the lighting was so nice I decided to take my photo too. I like how the light makes different lines and shapes. It would be a good idea to keep that in mind for future shoots.

“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.¬† It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.¬† It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”¬† ~Michael Strassfeld

 Photo of my daughter.

One hundred & twenty-seven

A couple of days¬†before I took this shot I was snuggled up on the couch with my husband. We were having some tv time at lunch before he had to go back to work.¬†At the back side of our living room is a large sliding glass door that¬†lets in lots¬†of light. I had my foot up on the couch and realized that the afternoon light made some interesting work of my foot. You could see folds and wrinkles and lines, it was pretty neat, but not very pretty. A couple of days later¬†I recreated that look and took some shots. I like how this turned out. I like all the lines and folds and the black and white. I don’t have perfect baby feet anymore, I’m getting older, but I think this is way more interesting.

“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”¬† ~Frank Gillette Burgess


This was a sunny Saturday. My son and I had been at the Killeen Civic Art Guild, working on some art. In front of the building is a courtyard that has a fountain. We decided to stop and take some photos. So here I am sitting in the sun, on the ledge of the fountain, water in the background, hair blowing in the breeze. This isn’t exactly what I was trying to go for, but I was having trouble with it. I wanted more of the fountain and less of me. However making sure my son didn’t fall in or play in the fountain was distracting me. It’s not a bad image though.

“The windows of my soul I throw. Wide open to the sun.” ~John Greenleaf Whittier

Seventy-four and seventy-five

It was night. My husband had fallen asleep on the couch. It was very foggy outside and not too cold. I took my tripod and camera out into the mist. It was a magical sort of evening. No one was out. The lights looked ¬†amazing diffused in the fog. I couldn’t stop taking pictures, trying different things. It was peaceful and calm and creative. A very enjoyable night.

Seventy-four I am not too happy with. I am out of focus; however, I decided to use it anyway because I liked the way I looked in it. A shallow thing to say I suppose. Also because it was still that time of the year and I liked having the Christmas lights in it.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

Seventy-five, on the other hand, I absolutely love. I love silhouettes. I love the fog. I liked being a small object in the photo, instead of at arm’s length. I love how the light interacts with the mist. I love the black and white.

“We are asleep with compasses in our hands.” ~W.S. Merwin