Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Old Man Waiting At The Window

I took this shot today of a 78 y/o neighbor looking out of his door window this afternoon waiting for his daughter bringing his wife home from the doctor's office.Ok, I'm kidding. I made this shot of myself tonight using my son's pocket camera, a Fuji Fine Pix Z20. And I wasn't "by a window".

I was walking down the hall this afternoon when I saw that one golden beam of late afternoon sunlight coming from the window in my son's bathroom reflecting on the door jam on my bedroom about 20 feet away. I saw my shadow pass in front of it as I walked to my bedroom and stopped. The word "composition" flashed through my head and I started playing.

I put the little camera on a tripod and then stood about halfway between the window and the door, lining my shadow up on the wall. I then reached down and snapped the shot.

To give you an idea of how small of a sliver of light this is, here is the rest of the light that was caught by a wall by the bathroom. Only the right edge of the octagonal window was hitting the door jamb in the first photo.To be honest, I'm pretty damn proud of the image I created in the first picture using a crappy camera. This is what I like about photography. Sometimes it's not just "recording a happening". Sometimes, it is creating a scene, developing a mood, and telling a story.

I still can't wait to get MY camera back.

22 comments:

  1. And you should be pretty damned proud of it; it's a great shot!

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  2. You had me at man...I like the 'topiary' shot...looks just like a heart, and I apologize if you said that...I need to re-read...

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  3. Wow, that is really a creative shot.

    Mom

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  4. I like the shadow pictures...great shots. and thanks for the link to Ken Rockwell's interesting article.

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  5. Terrific shadows! I do the same things, playing with all kinds of light and shadows, but we've had so little sun this year so far I do have to come up with some odd ones now and then! Happy SSS! Have a great weekend!

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  6. What is it about this lil' meme that has opened our hearts and minds to simple beauty and composition...way too much fun!

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  7. You should be proud. It's a great shadow composition!

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  8. That is an AWEsome photo Chris! It's award winning in my humble opinion! You should be so very proud! Have a great weekend! Lisa

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  9. Well, you should be proud..They are great shots..
    Happy Easter and SSS..

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  10. You have created a wonderful shadow here.

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  11. I like your sense of humour! Neat shadow.

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  12. Your so creative! After we read the first half, our minds were wondering why "his" wife was at the doctor, and was he concerned...then we read on - oh the mighty power of suggestion!
    Love the shot!

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  13. Great shots can be taken with the crappiest cameras if there's a creative soul behind the lens. As you've clearly demonstrated with that top shot! Nice work!

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  14. These shadows are fantastic! I love the golden colours. I must admit I was a little concerned at first about you stalking your neighbours for shadow shots hehehe! Lovely work. Happy Easter!

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  15. Love your shadow shots. Your first story sucked me in. LOL!

    Paz

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  16. Hey!! love the pictures.. very cool. Thanks for dropping by.. just wanted to say hi!! have a great week.. thanks for the laugh the other day.. it really made me feel so much better!!!
    Lisa (lisita15)
    http://beachmom15.blogspot.com/

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  17. you should be proud of it! it's a wonderful shadow profile
    love the pattern of the second shot

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  18. Thats a really cool shot for one that wasn't necessarily planned!

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  19. Awesome, creative shot! It just goes to show the camera is only half the equation. Maybe not even half.

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