Daily Life

January 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Recently, I joined a couple of photography groups on Flickr. Each week there is a theme picked and during that week each group member takes photos relating to the theme and posts them. This is a great exercise for me to have more of a purpose with each photo I take and also, to see things differently. This week's theme was "Daily Life". How often do we forget to capture the mundane moments during our day? Waking up, breakfast time, getting ready for school and work, putting on shoes, running out the door. Not every photo shoot has to be groundbreaking stuff. When my children were babies and toddlers, I probably had the camera in their faces most hours of the day. But now? They are still young but each day they are getting older and time is slipping away. I need to keep my camera near me even when I feel nothing exciting is happening because, actually, plenty of exciting things are happening! I can't be too worn down from the stresses of life to just hurry through the moments of right now.

At first, I wasn't sure how to really go about taking photos in this way. Everywhere I looked in my home, I only saw clutter and bad lighting. Should I quick clean my house? Pick up all the random school papers and artwork? Make sure my kitchen is sparkling clean? Hmmm, well, I'm not known for keeping a perfect house and really, who has the time? We are a busy family and our home is lived in. Documenting daily life in a spotless house really isn't our life.

There is a day coming when Ella is no longer taller than her brother.

"Mom, take a picture of my cars". Me: "Sorry Ethan, the light up here isn't good enough. The pictures turn out blurry". Ethan: "Here, does this help?"

Because I really didn't have an understanding of the amount of time it would take me to edit photos taken during bath time, I didn't hesitate to grab my camera and snap away. First of all, the lighting casts an ugly dirty glow and trying to make the tub look sparkling white while keeping skin tones looking real, takes a Photoshop wiz. That, I am not. But! I have found some pretty amazing Photoshop actions that have really helped me out. I haven't quite nailed it perfectly but I started to drive myself a bit crazy. See the "before and after" to see what I mean.

Bath time is a great opportunity to capture those really sweet moments of time slowed down. I am glad I got these pictures while he's still little. After a while, he will be kicking me out and locking the door.

The photo below is one of my favorites. Long ago, we removed the door separating the bathroom and walk-thru closet to make more space. Here, we see his squeaky clean little legs below the curtain. And like I said before, clutter happens.

Our kitty, Lily, calmly takes it all in. She's missing her outside exploring time due to Winter temps, but she's content to wait it out.

Another learning experience for me. Thanks for reading!

To learn more about Photoshop actions, please visit http://paintthemoon.net/blog/information-central/action-basics-and-video/

 


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