D15: Lighting Up the World

Lighting. It’s becoming a semi-obsession with me. I find myself looking at and for light everywhere. Light. Shadow. Bright. Dark. It’s all a variation of the same thing: the way light shows up in the world. I get frustrated when I can’t find good light and my camera isn’t powerful enough to compensate. I’m excited when I stumble upon an ideally lit situation (not very often). I’m becoming more resourceful about using creative lighting setups when the ideal can’t be found.

Today’s photo just illustrates this growing fascination. I saw this light when I first entered the new Hilton Orlando hotel on Sunday evening. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would be taking my camera and capturing at least a few images. Today was the day.

Sitting in a lobby chair, I shot in manual, increasing the shutter speed to let in less light. I wanted everything to be muted and dark but the lights themselves. In post, I added a Gavin Seim preset—Sepia Light. That’s it.

There are so many analogies easily drawn here about lighting. I’ll keep it simple and just ask you this one question: Whose world are you lighting up?

Manual: Page 103 in the Nikon manual—Factory Defaults. I knew how to reset to factory defaults, but was wondering if there was a way to keep some custom and return others to default. Now I know!

Images: Gene Higa. Always love his work. Humbled when he gave me a private lesson at his studio in San Francisco. Overjoyed when he did a photo shoot in the city with my husband and I. He’s the professional whose work I’m studying today.

  • christypenn

    TASRA, YOU DO LIGH T UP THE WORLD! Thank you for your dedication to this challenge!

    I love Gene Higa too! I have a 16×20 print in my office of him jumping in the air and clicking his heels together that I captured at Texas School this year! Happy Crazy Fun Gene!

  • James

    Love the picture – I couldn't get the Gavin Seim link to connect, but perhaps they're just having a temporary server issue.

    I really like the whole idea for this project. I'm a technical writer, so I enjoy it when anyone points out that user manuals can actually be beneficial sometimes!

    Also, I accidentally added myself to your Mr. Linky Widget more than once (honest mistake!). I'm #41 (with a different, non-365 blog), then I'm also #169 (added after I created a new blog for this project) and #176 (because I forgot that I'd already added the new blog). Couldn't figure out how to remove the first two links. Sorry!

  • http://gallow-photo-year.blogspot.com/ Steve Gallow

    Excellent use of light. Very well done.

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    Since you read my tweet yesterday, you know I needed to hear that. :-) Your print of Gene sounds like fun!

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    Hmm, did you ever get the Seim link to work? Seemed to work okay for me today. Some great freebies there. No problem on the links. I deleted the extra two. Can't wait to take a look at your new blog. :-)

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    Appreciate it Steve. I'm learning.