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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!