This is a photo of my unfortunately dried-out thyme plant sitting on my windowsill. I like how how the super shallow depth of field gives it that moody blur. I took a few others in this same vein – I had trouble deciding but the thyme won out in the end. Here are the others:
Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well, so on my way home from the nursing home I snapped one photo and decided that was going to be it for the day. The photo was pretty good – it was of a couple of the guys who work at the nursing home taking a break on the steps of a building across the street. When I got home and showed Adam, he was unimpressed… he thought I should take a rest and then see if inspiration hit again before giving up so early in the day. I was crabby and mopey… annoyed for the moment by his high expectations of me.
Later that evening, we decided it was time to change our headers on our blogs… I was unsure about changing my sheep picture, which I took in Italy and has been my blog header since the beginning. But – it can’t hurt to keep things fresh so I changed my header to the cheese photo you see now. What do you think? Do you like the change? I think I’ll start mixing it up once a month from now on.
Anyway, Adam was trying to figure out a good photo for his header and I remembered the photo I took a few months back of his bookshelf. I thought that would be an excellent representation of Adam and the perfect new header for his blog. He agreed. However, the sizing wasn’t quite right so I picked up my camera and we re-shot it… rearranging a few books along the way. (Check out Adam’s new blog header). That was the inspiration I needed to play around with the camera a bit more and I took about thirty or so more pictures of things around the apartment to try to get a better (or more interesting) photo of the day. The light was starting to fade, which is the reason I tried out the super shallow depth of field approach with the windowsill photos… that way I didn’t have to jack up my ISO to 3200 or 6400. Bringing up the ISO like that gives you the ability to take photos in lower light, but results in a much grainier and “noisier” look to your photos… its a compromise and a balancing act (read about it here).
So – I’m glad Adam pushed me to pick up the camera again yesterday. While I was initially frustrated with the “burden” of being pressured to do better, I am grateful that he believes in me and pushes me to do my best. Without the structure of a 9-6 job, I know the personal importance of not succumbing to procrastination and laziness and of remaining productive. Every once in a while I just need a little shove. 🙂
I love the bookshelf photo. It fits perfectly (size as well as ambiance) on the website and Kermit is sweet. Plus, I never noticed the 🙂 by the top.
Anyways, hope you’re feeling better and looking forward to the changing headers in the future. If you’re feeling lazy, remember, you’ve got hungry readers waiting for eye candy!
Hey Bryn –
Thanks for the comments and the encouragement! Much appreciated. 🙂 You must be sad to be losing your Geneva partners in crime! Hey – I love your website by the way… gorgeous! I want to talk to you about how you built it!