August weather in Florida lends itself to indoor photography. I try and find some element that I haven’t tried before that will challenge my skills. I’m in the process of attempting to learn more about creative lighting so photographing rows of matches with directed light seemed to fit the bill. Trying to get the flame on one matchstick to direct in an upward direction took quite a few tries but all in all, I was pleased with the outcome. It’s a good thing that wooden matchsticks are relatively inexpensive!
My 50mm lens is quite often neglected and forgotten. Lately, I’ve been shooting a fair amount of macro photography using the focus stacking technique but today I decided to take out the 50mm with this challenge in mind. I’ve forgotten just how crazy sharp this lens is and what beautiful results it produces. I’ll definitely be using this lens more often. It’s fast and tack sharp!!
This morning I decided to surprise my Mom and take her out to breakfast after I attended 7:30 AM Mass. Her assisted living facility is just minutes away from my church. I normally call her in advance but in reality, she doesn’t remember that we were supposed to go out so stopping there is the same as calling in advance :). This morning she was very sleepy and still in bed reading her prayer book. I had my camera with me so I quietly took it out and snapped a photo of her with the “senior hands” category challenge in the back of my mind. When I got home to process the photo, I noticed that the page that she was reading was referring to God’s hands and touch which I found very prophetic. My Mom has always been a deeply religious woman. A mother of 9 children, losing one daughter to a tragic accident and another to mental health, a two time cancer survivor, and an extremely talented artist, photographer and writer. She has been published in the New York Times twice and has many art awards and writing awards. Raising 9 children forced her to postpone most of these interests until her later years because being a wonderful mother was always her first priority. My Dad passed away 17 years ago and our family was worried about her ability to be on her own. My mother is strong and has more than proven that she is an incredible survivor. She will turn 96 on August 9th. Happy Birthday Mom and even if we didn’t get to go out to breakfast this morning we still had some quality time.
Last week I attended a Focus Stacking workshop with the LWRDPC. I wanted some pretty flowers to photograph other than the grocery store variety. With great expectations I went to the local florist only to find that Gerber Daisies were going to be my best selection. After 3 hours in the workshop a few of us headed out to lunch. My poor Gerber Daisies were left in the car in the hot Florida heat for a few hours. I brought them home and tried unsuccessfully to revive them. If flowers could talk, my daisies would surely tell me that they could not withstand the heat in my car. This was a great opportunity to satisfy the first weeks blog and practice my focus stacking all in the same shot.