One Word to Capture Today in Light Writing (D135)

From hearing of the suicide of a fellow blogger who was only 31 years old, to the devastation and tragedy in Haiti, there were only a few words and thoughts on my mind. This was one of them…

tasra365-pray

I had no energy or motivation to take a picture today and even thought of skipping it entirely, even if it meant breaking my tasra365 challenge. But, as I thought about it longer, I realized I could also use it to capture a moment, a collective emotion, a worldwide thought. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the word “pray” in social media more than I have today. So that’s what I captured.

By trying my hand at light writing for the first time, I was pretty pleased with the results. Here are the specs: Nikon D50, 28 – 80 mm lens, 2.5 sec @ f/29, ISO 200. I just played with the settings until I got what I wanted, everything black except for the writing.

I had Ron hold a video light and write each letter individually. Then I took them in Photoshop to combine the four letters in one image. I didn’t add the flare, that happened with the light when we held it still. Just increased contrast. Easier than I expected.

How are you doing with all the media today? Okay? Please know that if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m just an email away. Seriously. I’ll leave the comments open today if anyone wants to share.

Manual: Page 13—Adjusting Viewfinder Focus.

Images: Looked at news images of the devastation in Haiti.

  • brianpalmer

    Great post, my thoughts exactly. Sending out major prayers to all the people in Haiti and those around the world who are now looking for loved ones there as well. One thing about this day and age videos and images surface so fast sometimes it feels like overload.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      I agree. I think it's sometimes too much for us to handle. Many of us already live overwhelmed and overloaded, then tragedy strikes either personally and globally and it can send people over the edge. I've done what I could today to limit my exposure for my own mental health as well. Taking this picture was redemptive in a way for me though, so I'm thankful for that.

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  • blessedintexas

    Love this…thanks for your encouraging words this week on my blog. Business wise,Is it possible to talk with you by phone? I had some questions about your blogs regarding income and how to get started? I have an incredible idea that I want to put into motion but need some assistance. Personal note, I am a very determined and upbeat christian woman with a faith that grown tremendously since 9.11 but there are days when you really wonder? I know we all feel like that but I am always amazed at how compassionate people are in times of need. I continue to pray for those in Haiti. I just can't imagine being a mom and watching the tv videos lately. My heart just breaks for everyone there. Again thanks for reaching out to me this week and again showing me the kindness of those all around. Have a blessed weekend, Diana

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      You're welcome. Sounds like you are feeling better and ready to move forward with some exciting ideas.

      Feel free to send me an email to tasra (at) tasramar (dot) com to talk about your business thoughts. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  • Janice_5minutesformom

    Beautiful. Great job for your first time!

    Yes – it was a rough week for sure. I haven't written about Haiti yet. I have no words.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Thanks Janice! It was a blast. I foresee more light writing in my future.

  • Janice_5minutesformom

    Beautiful. Great job for your first time!

    Yes – it was a rough week for sure. I haven't written about Haiti yet. I have no words.

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    Thanks Janice! It was a blast. I foresee more light writing in my future.