project 52 of 2013 | low light

Let’s talk about irony: last week’s challenge was “cold” and it was warm here…and this week’s is
“low light” but we got snow! Which, as you might imagine, bounces quite a bit of light. I wondered out loud why Mother Nature didn’t want me to succeed in this weekly photo challenge.

Turns out, as one of my fellow photogs pointed out, there is actually a lot of low light gorgeousness to be found in the snow. I found these icicles buried in a small, leafless bush.
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And may I just say, shooting in RAW has changed my life. I once read a quote, in the beginning of my photography journey and during my uber-impressionable days, something along the lines of “be such a good photographer to not need the power of raw.” I can’t remember who it was by or the entire line, but, I really held on to it as an excuse to shoot JPEG and convince myself that that was somehow secretly superior to RAW. I was wrong. That is not to say that the author is wrong, but that I didn’t fully understand what he was saying. This guide from SLR Lounge explained things to me in a visual way with words I can understand, and I feel like I’m seeing improvement already.

Oh, and one last bit of exciting news…yesterday I upgraded from my Rebel T1i to a Mark II!!! This picture was taken earlier in the week with my Rebel, though 😉

You’re probably here from Michele’s blog. Now hop over to Nancy’s blog and see her “low light” image 🙂
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Hi! I'm Blaire.

I'm a beach bum from New York, living life with a cup of coffee in one hand and a camera in the other.




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