Okay -- the
light by the big comfy chair was changing too quickly, and
the light on the back stairs was just a tad too dim.
That's what happens during the cooler months in the Pacific
Northwest. So, I decide that it's time to use the
strobes -- that light is bright & consistent.
But on the
way, I noticed some strong light there on the floor, right
in front of the backdrop I had already set up (see it there
on the left side of the image?). I ask Trishii to
lie down in that patch of sunlight. She was perfect:
her skin was so smooth, her figure was so tight -- it was
A little stool
and a wide angle lens gives you a larger perspective on
the entire setting. But somehow, I just don't like
this as much as the closer in pictures. There is just
not that much added by including all of Trishii's figure,
and from this angle, there was just a bit too much glare
coming off the floor, making the image too contrasty.
important that you look at the important variations.
If you don't try, you might miss out. It helps if
you are okay with failing every once in a while -- remember,
your failures are more educational than your successes.
Here's an item
from the "20-20 hindsight" file. Trishii
isn't exactly sweating during this setting; she's relaxed &
comfortable. But the light was just perfect.
You see that shadow under her ribs? Her breathing
was relaxed but very visible -- it was fascinating to me,
how that shadow grew & receded as she breathed.
I was mesmerized.
later that both my cameras were capable of recording moving
pictures. I should have filmed her breathing.
That was regrettable. I hope that next time, when
conditions are this perfect, that I remember to figure out
how to make videos.
regret: I should have asked Trishii to roll over onto
still on the floor in the same spot, but see how different
that rib shadow is? That's why I wanted to film her
In any case,
this was just a quick interlude, taking advantage of some
light I stumbled upon. I could have (and perhaps should
have) done more, but I was anxious to get Trishii under
As it turns
out, we return to my favorite window light. I'll include
these later window light images below:
When I convert
the living room to a studio setting, I close the roman blind
covering my favorite window. When Trishii & I
finished making some studio images (shown on the next page),
I opened the blind, and there was the rare & lovely
window light that happens sometimes during the colder months.
If all those elements come together (model, camera, light),
I feel compelled to make some exposures.
I must like
this image -- I made a couple different "artistic"
variations. I think my favorite is the brush effect,
set to simulate a very large brush.
See how quickly
the light is changing? This image, above, was made
just seconds after the previous one. Note that the
sunlight on the sheer pleats was sharp one moment and considerably
softened in the next. As you view the rest of the
images on this page, you'll see that the sunlight is shifting
back & forth between harsh & soft.