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Friday Photoshare – Dreaming

Welcome to the first Friday Photosahre in a couple of weeks! I’m really excited to share today’s picture, Dreaming, because I spent so long looking for an appropriate prop. I’d wanted a model ship for ages to use in several different pictures. One evening we were browsing at TJ Maxx (for nothing in particular) and came across the perfect model ship! I have several other photos in mind with it, too, but here’s today’s image:

The grey/blue light around sunset that particular day was absolutely perfect for creating a melancholy mood. The intent behind the photo was to create an image showing longing and daydreaming, but not in a happy, joyful way. Instead, the subject is dreaming of how much better life would be if she could use this toy ship to sail away to some distant time or place.

Unfortunately, this type of thinking is a trap. All you ever have is the present, and longing for something else robs you of joy today (just like the theme behind this Wellbeing Wednesday’s quotation!). Planning for the future is great, but you can’t pin all your hopes for happiness on something that you wish would happen in the future. By consciously working now to be happy and grateful, you can take control of your life and stop depending on “stuff” for external validation.

And that’s what this image means to me. 🙂

I’ve talked before about how important shooting in RAW, so I also wanted to share the original, ‘straight out of camera’ shot I used to create this image. It was dark and I wanted a fast shutter speed to capture my dress in motion (frequently I’m okay with motion blur, but I didn’t want it for this photo). Even though we were shooting “wide open” and f 1.8 to let in as much light as possible, the shot was ridiculously dark.

Wow. Crazy, right? I knew it wasn’t going to end up the most perfectly crisp and clear image ever, and that’s absolutely fine because that wasn’t the feel I was going for. Without any additional editing, here’s the shot with exposure and shadow sliders brought way up.

You can see I still did a lot (including constructing all the additional shoreline on the image’s right in Photoshop), but isn’t it incredible all the detail retained in the shadows by using the RAW format?

Other than constructing the right-most part of the image and playing with the brightness and contrast, the only other ‘big’ things I did were add a couple of my Distress textures. If you’d like to start playing with textures, please enroll in my weekly newsletter using the box below this post (that will ensure you get on the correct list!) for an exclusive freebie package of layered textures and/or stop by this post about my class on how to create your own layered textures!

What did “Dreaming” make you think of when you first saw it? I always really enjoy learning about how other people interpret images!

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  • Rose April 7, 2017, 04:35

    Love the aesthetic in this image! The new prop is great, too. I can’t wait to see what else you do with it.

    • Natashalh April 7, 2017, 14:08

      Thank you! I’m really liking the ship, and it fits in with our decor quite well, too.

  • Pamela Baker April 7, 2017, 13:54

    My first thought when I saw your picture was “Wooden Ships”
    Wooden ships on the water very free and easy

    The photo is another beautiful enhancement of working with imagination and photoshop and textures. I add this one to one of my favorites. It evokes so many feelings.

    Glad you are back with your Friday “Photoshares”!

  • Cynthia April 8, 2017, 01:56

    what an amazing photo Natasha! my first thought was that she was waiting for someone to return. It made me think of the houses along the West Coast that have the widow’s walk on the top of the roof. A place where you could get the best view of the sea; where wives would look for a husband’s return.

    • Natashalh April 8, 2017, 08:58

      Yes, I can absolutely see that interpretation! I like it. The ‘wife searching the sea for her mariner husband’ theme inspired one of my images last year.

      Fun history nerd fact (since I used to work in living history and am a certified history teacher…) there’s actually basically no evidence that those balconies were actually regularly used by wives searching for ships at sea. It’s a fantastic story, but it’s probably apocryphal. They probably originated from walkways used to give access to chimneys in order to quickly put out chimney fires! From there they became more decorative and ornate, particularly in the Northeast as the economy grew. Not as exciting sounding, is it?

  • Julie April 19, 2017, 23:55

    LOVE this photo. It’s so haunting to me. And knowing that you’re a Navy wife, love that you’re holding that ship looking out at sea… Really speaks to me! Though that is not what you had in mind for this!! 😉

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