Ah, the first Monday of October. Time for yet another Photography Styling Challenge post. Usually I crib about the days flying by, and a little Boy growing up too fast for my liking. But when the last week of a month rolls by, I find myself looking forward to our monthly challenge posts! This month’s theme, as the title suggests, is ‘Morning‘.
Mornings – I wish it were a time when I could relax, meditate and get energized for the day ahead, sipping a cup of hot coffee on the patio and listening to the birds. Instead it turns out to be a mad dash against the clock. The fact that I am at my laziest early in the morning does not help matters. And I can’t blame Boy for sleeping in, I think I passed that gene to him!
So, what says good morning better than coffee and a healthy breakfast? Maybe a little reading, if time permits. If you have been following my blog for a while, you might have noticed that I like my photos bright and colorful.
Since we are a quarter way through the challenge, I felt it was high time I came out of my comfort zone, aka bright, natural light. The following photos stay true to the concept, but were shot nowhere near dawn or morning time!
For this challenge, I simply concentrated on getting dark shots, and not much on capturing different angles, as you will see. I did try out some other angles, but none of those shots impressed me.
I shot these photos on a dark surface and background, lit from the sides.
I would have preferred a teeny-weeny bit more light, which I can normally fix during post-processing, but since the challenge rules say no to any kind of processing, I am putting up these photos in all their ‘raw glory’!
I had to include the next photograph just so you can read the title – Thank God For Music. How true!
Finally, I am including a photo shot on my patio on a rainy morning. I am not sure if I am allowed to do so (i.e, if all the photos need to have the same background and setting), but I wanted to show you all how I managed to capture the steam from the coffee!
I am pretty sure the guy who walks his dog on our street every morning thought I was crazy, to be photographing my morning cuppa. Here I was, enjoying the slight drizzle, and the next thing you know, I am clicking away like a mad woman!
I shot this with a shutter speed of 1/20, an aperture of 6.4, and ISO – 100. The bark of the tree formed a natural dark background.
I found this excellent tutorial on capturing steam from food in photographs. I tried to recreate it indoors, but failed to get a shot I was proud of. Any tips, guys?
The first three photos are my favorites of the lot. What do you think of my effort? Yay or nay? Let me know in the comments.
Check out the other posts at these participating blogs. A warm welcome to our two new participants, Roxy and Vaishnavi. And welcome back, Inge. Nice to see you after the break.
Be sure to check out next month’s post on the concept ‘Bedroom‘.
And remember, it’s never too late to join in the fun! Do let us know if you’d like to take part in future challenges. Go here for the full set of rules.
To recap, here are my entries from the previous months.