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Thursday
May262011

A Trip to the Greenhouse Offers a Lesson in Light

Hello Sweet Friends......

Happiest Thursday!! Is the sun shining in your world?  :) OH my goodness...I'm happy to say it is here.  

I have been pondering light and sunshine a lot lately.  Perhaps I'm a little obsessed! But, photography is all about the light..... Right?

As I shared with you on the weekend...  we took a trip to the greenhouse....

As you can see...John takes the whole thing very seriously...  List in hand... notes jotted down...

'this will go here.... that will go there'....  

Me on the other hand... 

snap, snap.... 'oh these are pretty.... let's get these...'

John, 'Yes Kimmy... but we need shade plants, remember?'

Me .... 'Ugh... but i like the sun plants best...'  

and so it went.....

snap, snap....

As I walked around the greenhouse...I realized what a perfectly lit space it is. The white tarp-like walls diffuse the light....to perfection.....  beautiful... just beautiful.... I hadn't really thought about it... But I do know I've always loved the light and warmth of a greenhouse!

I challenge you to take a trip to yours with your camera.... Don't be shy.  They seem to be used to the request....and completely non-hesitant. 

If you've been struggling with your photography.... you may find a perfectly lit greenhouse gives you the lovely photos you've been 'shooting' for. Not to mention an endless supply of color filled subjects.... 

What do you have to lose? :)

And I'm guessing it will leave you wanting more....beautiful...softly diffused light....  Oh how I love it!

And when you get home.... I challenge you to start looking for the light.... whether it's inside or out.  Go hunting.

In my home I have lovely morning light in the studio, and almost perfect light, morning and afternoon, in the 'white room'.  The front porch is pretty fabulous during the golden hours..... You gotta get to know the light, my friends. Believe me....I'm still learning....  But the more I focus on the light... the more pleased I am with the photos I am capturing.

And you really should get to know your camera as well! Before you think about an upgrade.... I challenge you to learn the ins and outs of your current camera.  You could be surprised with what it can do. 

Here's a challenge...set up a scene and leave it somewhere that you feel allows you good light. Take pics throughout the day... get to know the light that particular space has to offer.  Move the subject around, move your body......adjust your camera settings... such as your white balance, apertures, exposure..... It's digital... so really...what do you have to lose? :)

Light is key....  You may think it's just your camera....But I promise you the light can paint a most beautiful picture..... when you get it just right. You may find your camera is fabulous after all!

And so my friends... I leave you with that...  a little teensy weensy lesson in light....

I hope your week has been fabulous!! Here's to you and you....  

Love & gratitude.....

xxo,

p.s. 

oops... I almost forgot to announce our give away winners....  

Drum roll please....

The winner of a 4 month membership to The Photoshop Test Kitchen is: Barbara


The winner of the Flickr Pro Account is: Little Miss Joey. 

Congrats ladies! Please send me an email so I can get you set up. :)

Special thanks to the 380 people who stopped by to comment. :)

p.p.s.

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and while you are there... check out the beautiful posts the inspirers have been sharing.... soooo GOOD!! SERIOUSLY.... Thank you i-Studio contributors! I love you!!

p.p.s.s.

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Reader Comments (15)

oh, sigh... yes, what perfect lighting. what a great idea, there is a greenhouse right around the corner, I am going to have to work up my nerve to go and ask them!

Congrats to the winners of the giveaway!
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
i have done a nursery shoot before and you're absolutely correct! the lighting and subject matter is perfect!
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJillsy Girl
sounds wonderful, of course people may think i'm crazy to start taking pictures, but I will just say I want to get some kind of an idea of what they might look like in my garden. Great idea !

Congrats to the lucky winners !
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersandra
i've always been bold enough to start taking pictures no matter where I'm at LOL (I've done some crazy things with my camera taking!) Tell us what's the craziest thing you've done???
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersandra
What a great idea! I think a trip to the greenhouse is in my near future! Lovely pictures! Thanks for all the great tips, advise and for sharing your knowledge with those of us who might still be "beginners" at this.
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I agree with you about light. I find I love taking outside photos in the early evening. The lighting right before dusk is perfect. :)
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Kim,
Your greenhouse shots are lovely! Your are so right about catching the correct light, it can make worlds of difference - both indoors and out!
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
Oh, Kim, your photos are jaw-drop-beautiful, and so warm! I'd love to have a bit of sun & light here too. This spring has been a bit depressing in my wee corner of the wood. The gloomy and wet weather has been dreadful... and after so many dark weeks, I feel totally uninspired... thanks from the bottom of my heart for sharing some "light" with me today :) I really appreciate. Congrats to the lucky winners!
*huggles* and enjoy the rest of your week.
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKia
Congrats to the two winners.
I go to the local greenhouse to shoot at least twice a yr. I agree the soft diffused light is so perfect for getting the shots. You are so right about it all being about the light, it makes the photo. Love the shots from your greenhouse visit.
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat Mark
I'm so thrilled to look at your beautiful photos and to be the recipient of a 4 month subscription to the Test Kitchen! Yay.

Peace!
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
What a very great reminder : )
I love the pictures.
I love your husband and his list.
May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLife with Kaishon
Kim,

The beauty of light....it keeps surprising me everytime, what the naked eye can't see the camera will pick up amazing things when the light is perfect.

Will get the courage one day to just pop into the nursery for a photoshoot....hope it will be soon.

Thanks for this post.
May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
You have inspired me to visit the nursery my aunt works at and play with some depth of field shots. Your photos are beautiful.
May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMindy
Wonderful shots, Kim! The green house has been one of my staples to shoot flowers. Ya got perfect light and NO WIND! Wind is a photographers enemy...most of the time. You still need to watch out for when the direct sun shines through the canvas roof. Shooting in the morning or afternoon will help prevent that. When I was shooting macros of flowers my favorite time to shoot was on overcast days. It's not as good as filtered lighting on a partly cloudy day, but you don't have to worry about harsh shadows. Another good time to shoot can be right after a storm blows through and the sun is just starting to come out from behind the clouds. You get that filtered lighting that gives soft shadows and more even lighting ratios. Love these photos from your trip!
May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Lovin' the light!! Those photos are breathtakingly beautiful:)
May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah C

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