Welcome to the first Wandering Camera linky party! I want to thank all of you for your encouraging words about my photos that I have shared lately. I continue to practice and learn. That’s why earlier this year I decided to officially take at least one photo per day. On the first Thursday of every month I will share my photos from the previous month and invite you to share your posts through this monthly linky party.
Without further ado, here are my photos from the month of January. They are in chronological order, 1st – 31st of January.
1. Silhouette of our neighbour’s tree against the evening sky
2. The same tree reminds me of the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter
3. Sticky toffee pudding (told you it’s my favourite!)
4. An old plant that has been with us forever, surviving every move
5. Suspended raindrop
6. Homemade bread
7. Passing wind turbines during a road trip
8. Snow in the Sierras
9. Cloud from an overcast day settling into the Yosemite Valley
10. A lovely morning at Yosemite
11. My muddy car after the trip. This happens after every trip
12. First day back at work with Charlie
13. I wanted to see the rain, Mr. Treestone wanted to play, so I obliged
14. A fallen flower for Alan Rickman
15. Sign for a place with comforting food
16. A tangled tree in the park
17. Spotted these lights in between two buildings while walking in the rain
18. Old train carriages turned into shops
19. Montague is fascinated by the rain
20. My husband loves this tree in the park
21. A Hungarian Horntail dragon that I painted years ago
22. A Willow at dusk
23. Off to the mountains again
24. Black oaks, with El Capitan towering over them
25. Cathedral Rocks and a frozen pool
26. The only flower blooming on a plant
27. Inky branch against an early evening sky
28. From the overpass in our little town
29. Napa Opera House
30. Victorian Houses in San Francisco
31. Inked Victorian house
It was a good start to my year-long project. A lot of these photos were taken in low light because light was already fading by the time I went out for a walk. Some days it was raining so hard that it was dark by mid-day. That would never stop me from taking pictures, however.
You may not be able to take quilt photos outside while it’s raining, but you can take photos of almost everything else. I think understanding light is the key to photography, so I would like to start my series of photography tips with that.
1. Change of light with seasons –
- The Sun shifts northward after the Vernal Equinox in March and southward after the Autumnal Equinox in September.
- If you have a favourite spot that you like to use for photographing your crafts, you will notice that the light shifts from that spot as the seasons change. While the same spot might get dazzling light at 4:30 in the afternoon during summer months, the light is barely there after 2:30 PM during winter months.
- The above is true even for cloudy days. The amount of maximum light changes with the seasons.
- You want to make a mental note of the times of maximum light during every season. That way you won’t miss a photo opportunity before the light moves away from that spot.
2. Morning and evening light –
- It is also good to know your preference for morning or afternoon light since they are quite different. Morning light is much cleaner, softer and calmer.
- Afternoon light tends to warm everything up, almost glowing, more orange. Unless I am looking to capture the afternoon glow reflected off a mountain for example, or taking a photo of a sunset, I generally prefer morning light when I can get it.
- You really want to avoid outdoor photography around mid-day at all cost. The Sun is right above you and everything looks extremely washed out. Try not to take photos of sunlit areas. You can take photos in shadowy spots, perhaps under a tree, and let it filter the light.
3. Indirect and diffused light
- You know this one already, but I will mention it anyway – don’t use direct sunlight when you are photographing your crafts or any other object. Always take the photo where there is the most light, but not direct sunlight.
- If you decide to take indoor photos beside a window with direct sunlight, use sheers to diffuse the light. It makes for a beautiful backdrop. A few rays of light that come through are softened by the sheers, adding interest to your photo.
- You can have a wonderful play of light and shadow on your photos by letting soft light touch parts of the surface, but never all of it. You want to use morning or afternoon light for these photos as well.
4. Artificial light
- Use a stand for your camera with a low shutter speed. Only use the flash if it actually enhances the colours. I am keeping this one short because I will talk more about night-time and low-light photography in a separate post.
I hope you found this information helpful. It takes practice to capture light with your camera the way you intend to show it. Play with your camera and note what works and, most importantly, what doesn’t work.
Lastly, since it has been a while I shared something quilt-related, I couldn’t help but share this little work in progress quilt photo with you.
That’s all I have for today. Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I am really looking forward to seeing them. Every photo is special because it suspends a moment and everyone sees the world around us differently! So don’t compare and contrast, just have fun and see the world that only your eyes can see!
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You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.
Please include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)
Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.
I will leave the link-up open for a whole week.
Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. The next post and link-up will be on the 3rd of March. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.
Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter February 14, 2016 at 16:58
Thanks so much for starting this linky. I don’t know if my posts are filled with great photos, but knowing there is another linky next month will inspire me to try to stretch my photography skills. I hope to show some improvement every month.
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts February 10, 2016 at 18:37
These are so beautiful and inspiring photos. Thank you so much for the tips; I know I will be visiting this page often!
Jodie February 9, 2016 at 13:49
Lara B. February 8, 2016 at 14:34
Not only are your photos amazing and fascinating to look at… they are alls o different fomr each other too. Lovely, Lovely work Soma!
This series is already very helpful! thank you for your lighting tips.
The WIP you gave us a sneak peek at looks really cool! I like how you divided each square up.
Kim Sharman February 7, 2016 at 18:09
Gorgeous photos, Soma. I love all the differing silhouettes of the trees at different times of the day. The suspended raindrop is a beauty. Thank you for the helpful hints on light; I have saved this for future reference.
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Cheryl February 6, 2016 at 07:14
Great photography tips and pictures. I loved seeing your entire month of pictures in one post.
Teje February 6, 2016 at 03:27
Hi Soma! Thank you for great tips and the linky paty! Your photos are really good and beautiful! x Teje
Janine February 5, 2016 at 11:14
You have a stunning collection of pictures and your info about the light is really interesting. I am still without my camera but I’ll come back and link up with a few phone photos before the linky ends if phone photos are allowed :)
Paige February 5, 2016 at 07:03
All beautiful! Thank you for the lighting lesson! I have a lot to learn!
Kaja February 5, 2016 at 00:16
This is off to a good start, Soma. I like your month’s photos a lot and have really enjoyed checking out the links.
Anne February 4, 2016 at 20:13
I just commented and couldn’t get my website address to enter. Trying again. It keeps asking me to enter a URL which I did. Just letting you know in case there’s a problem at your end. When I delete the web address the comment works but there may not be a link back.
Anne February 4, 2016 at 20:10
Just discovered your photo series. Thanks for all the tips. I love photography but don’t know a lot of the technical stuff. Perhaps I’ll link up next month. I have been doing a color series on my blog using my own photos and observing and recording a color each month. It’s been fun and a great way to ‘see’ more.
Dixie February 4, 2016 at 18:28
Wonderful photos, Soma. Yosomite photos are gorgeous. That flower is very unusual. It looks a bit like a bottlebrush, but I thought those where tropical.
love Victorian houses; your sketch is great!
Thanks for the tips.
Connie February 4, 2016 at 15:07
Beautiful photos Soma and great tips!
Cynthia February 4, 2016 at 14:49
Your photos are so beautiful. It is amazing how a picture of something ordinary can become a great picture. I have linked up but have promise myself to take more pictures through February and hopefully they will be a little bit better.
krislovesfabric February 4, 2016 at 11:44
Such a fun window into your January Soma! All your photos look beautiful. I haven’t any good pics to link up yet but the week is ahead, Sammy and I will venture out tomorrow morning and see what we can come up with! I have to laugh at the muddy vehicle one…ummm..that’s always my vehicle, of course, we live on a gravel road!
Abigail @ cut&alter February 4, 2016 at 10:55
Hi Soma, I have been looking forward to today and really enjoyed seeing your photos. The red flower in bloom reminds me of our garden in NZ. We had this tree there and our chickens used to roost in it most nights! I really enjoyed getting my camera out again so thank you very much for the inspiration and I look forward to joining in each month.
tubakk February 4, 2016 at 10:37
You have some beautiful photoes here. I love to see the nature from around. And that little homebaked bread is so sweet. I’ve linked a couple of posts from January. Here is so little light these days, but we had/have a lot of snow. That makes is possible to take some outdoor photoes. Looking forward to study the other links as well.
Mary February 4, 2016 at 08:44
I am so glad you are doing this series, Soma. I have learned so much the first day!! I had no idea of the different affects one achieves with morning vs. afternoon lights. I think I am going to try that out today.
Shasta February 4, 2016 at 08:38
I don’t have beautiful scenery like you do to photograph, but I did take my quilt outside for a photo op, so I have added my link to that.
Linda aka Crafty Gardener February 4, 2016 at 08:28
Wonderful series of photos showing all sorts of different things. Thanks for the tips about lighting, something I’m always trying to improve.