July 19, 2016

On a Grey Day, Play With Light

The other morning was incredibly grey. I wanted to work on a brunch table setting post that morning...but did not know if it would work because of the low light. 

Our kitchen eating area is on the back of the house and even though there is a porch roof over the kitchen window I can usually get enough light for photos. 

Since I had already raided the china cabinet I decided to go ahead with the photo shoot and play with what light I had. I have enjoyed some low light photos from other bloggers...the play of grey and shadows is interesting. It appeals to my artistic side. 

This photo shoot turned into more of a photography post than a brunch shoot. 

Oh well, make lemonade! 

So...this post is heavy on photos! By the end of the morning the sun emerged. I will let you see which pics you like best...the darker moody ones or the bright light ones. I like both. :-)

The first few are dark, shadowy, and moody. 

I like moody photos for some reason.

I changed the settings on my camera, and with the same amount of low light I got some brighter photos.

I might edit these pics into black and white to see how they look. Just for fun. 

The next few reflect the sunlight that finally appeared. 

When photographing white china...too much light makes it glow. ha! Trial and error. Practice and learn. 

I once read that photography is really the study of light. It makes sense to me. 

And there you have it...sunshine turns my dark moody pics into happy ones. 

Learning photography is like any other skill...it takes practice, practice, practice. I am a bit of a slow learner...as it takes me a long time to learn a technique, camera settings, etc. 

As a new photographer, I really appreciate the artistic photography of professional, and non professional, photographers. 

All of the photos in this post were taken with my camera set up on the tripod. I am loving the ball head that lets me smoothly transition from one view to another. 

Edited to Black and White

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Your photos are stunning, Sheila. I wish you would do a post about some photography tips you can offer, especially in low light and I have a terrible problem with back light. I have a tripod but it doesn't seem to help!! Have a good week.

  2. This was a great exercise and demo for us, Sheila. I actually prefer the grey light/moody photos, given the ironstone. I think it suits the perceived or actual age of the pieces. Nice.

  3. I agree with Katie, would love some photography tips. Love all the photos, low light and bright light.

  4. They're all fantastic, Sheila! But the 7th photo is my favorite.

  5. Beautiful photos Sheila!....I love the "moody" pics!!!...Have fun playing with your camera.

  6. I love all your photos...and white, with no color added, can, indeed, be tricky...you are doing a wonderful job with your new camera. Oh, and I really like your napkin rings.....

  7. I enjoyed your pictures, all of them! I liked the moody ones too! I would love to learn more about photography. You have a lovely home and I loved your ironstone pieces!

  8. Well done! I've noticed that white is a hard color for digital cameras. Having a tripod is so helpful too for lower lit conditions. I occasionally use my manual setting to achieve the look I want. You are right about photography being a study of light.

  9. Beautiful photos! I think I'm partial to the moody ones, though. They have a bit of mystery to them. lol!

  10. Whatever you are doing here, it all looks great. I have the opposite issues...too bright of light and too large a space...so I have huge contrasts in the kitchen when I try to take natural light photos. But white on darks....always seems to work in a duller light. Thanks for the tips...enjoyed the 'artsy'ness of it all, Sandi

  11. Light is everything in photography! So my brother tells me; it's more than a hobby for him. My favorite was the greenish hydrangeas next to your drapes. Wow. The shadows make your white china stand out too. Have a good day, Linda @bushelandapickle.com

  12. Doesn't the light make a special effect as it shines and brightens your subject? I try to do that but with an iPhone I can't control it as well. Ah to become a grown up with a real camera! Thank you so much for linking at
    #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  13. I am loving your moody pictures too! Beautiful tablescape Sheila.

  14. Aww...so pretty! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. Thank you so much for linking at #WonderfulWednesday! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night or the #RecipeShareParty where we YUM. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared. Always a pleasure.

  16. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  17. Your photos are always amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  18. Sheila I have a special like for the dark moody ones. The seventh one especially is amazing. The way the porcelain shines and takes on a life of its' own. Pinning and sharing.

  19. Love that soup tureen. Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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