Light the Way





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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in front of the home I grew up in. This home held so many memories and this image was a stamp of my art in this part of my life.
I wish I could remember the exact time of day this was taken, but I do know that like many days spent walking up and down this road, I would always find myself waiting for the moment that the sun descends and the rich colors slowly fade into night.
I found that the particular lighting during this time of day to complete the feelings of what I wanted the photo to say. I have always enjoyed experimenting with natural lighting and while I'm not a professional by any means, I find it both a challenge as well as enlightening to see what could come out of working with natural lighting.
The equipment I used for this shot was a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi, my settings were Aperture f/6.3, ISO 400, Shutter 1/1250, Focal Length 50/1. The lens I used, if I remember was a 50mm and no tripod or flash was used.
The inspiration behind this image came from my own obsession of ideas and how I have always seen the light in everything possible. The light bulb signifies more then the containment of electrical power, it's that part of our mind that lights up and creates, it's what keeps the monsters away when the children are tucked in at night, light gives up the power of possibilities. When this particular light decided to call it quits, I kept it and decided to create a photograph that took my perspective to another level.
The majority of my post-processing was done in Photoshop and that includes contrast editing and minor layer adjustments which included levels, curves and exposure. The overall natural lighting worked out well with the settings I initially selected on my camera and that gave me an image that needed little necessary editing.
In my camera bag
Unfortunately I am not equipped with a proper camera bag to constantly have my camera with me at all times, but when I do take my Canon REBEL T6S out for experimental photograph days the items I carry with me always is the kit lens, a 50mm lens and occasionally my 40mm also referred to as the pancake lens which inspires my macro photo shoots.
The one piece of advice I would like to share with anyone interested in capturing a similar image such as this one, I would say don't be afraid to try something new, even if you think that it might not be good. Your ideas are original, they are your own. The next time you have an idea, take it, try new perspectives, never give up.

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