My 100 & Me [Week 08]

It’s amazing how the weather shifts from week to week and how those shifts can affect your mood & emotional state. Last week was filled with blue skies, blooming flowers and an overall bright & airy colour palette. This week not so much.

We were back to rain, flooding, and an overall sense of gloom. Or maybe that was just me.

I think I’ve told you before but it’s worth repeating: I’m more and more turning into a “fair-weather shooter.” What does that mean? Well when it’s minus 20 below and snowy outside I tend to hibernate. When it’s a torrential downpour with no end in sight? I’ll make some photos from my front porch instead of risking a good soaking outdoors.

And that’s exactly what I did one evening last week when the rain was coming down so hard that I couldn’t see the Bedford Mill across the pond. But then the rain slowed, the clouds parted, and I got to work.

Sometimes you can create art that is close to the heart without leaving your porch and to me, there’s great satisfaction in that.

This is where the evening started for me. Raindrops on our screened-in porch. But as you can see, there is a glimmer of hope in the form of a setting sun as the clouds start to part.

As I started to use my Fujifilm x100f to my advantage, manual focusing through the screen at a large aperture, combined with some intentional camera movement and multiple exposures gave me some really interesting results.

You too can be creative if you are just willing to open up to the possibilities. It doesn’t take a vacation to an exotic location (although that helps!) but sometimes just a keen eye for what is happening right here at home.

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