Beach House FanSo I was at my family’s house this weekend at the beach and had just a few moments before we carried on with our afternoon plans. It was the middle of the day and there was just an abundance of light everywhere.  I took this maybe five minutes of down time to take a few photos in the front porch which had magnificent light on a hot summer day. Here is a breakdown of the thought put into how I was shooting.

A relative picked us up from train station in a Jeep Wrangler with the top down in true beach fashion.  So, while I was still in the porch I wanted to capture the Jeep in an interesting way. I framed a shot with the Jeep in the background of the front door which further welcomed us to the beach. Though the inclusion of the Jeep was intentionally I came to this image by exploring the door within the space.

The focus on details around the space continues as I look towards the table with two hurricane lanterns. These are used to shield candles from the wind.  The two of these in my initial composition were accompanied by a plant as well. The addition of the plant was confusing the subject and cluttering the shot.  If I were to reshoot this I would have just removed the plant from the table and staged the hurricane lanterns more precisely.  Thankfully I did shoot just a single lantern which simplified the image. The only thing in that keeper I don’t like is that the frame of the door is behind the lantern which is distracting and less clean of a distortion in the glass of the lantern.

After being at the table for a bit working with the lanterns I needed something fresh. I recalled a Jared Polin (FroKnowsPhoto.com) quick tip to remember to change perspective. In the video he was in a forrest where all he simply did for a fresh set of eyes was look up.  I looked up and voila a fan! I knew I would not be able to shoot wide enough to capture the whole fan though.  That did not deter me though, I took the shot anyway by popping out my screen and using the live view. All the while making sure to pay attention to centering the fan to ensure my perspective and symmetry  were solid. I then chose a square crop in post for symmetry and I’m very pleased with outcome.

Lastly, I felt I had captured all I wanted to in the front porch and moved to put my camera away in the other room when I was drawn to a strong light bleeding through the curtains and strong reflection on a neatly place set of books on a shelf.  I shot a tad wide as the shelf was above my standing height and cropped to use the supports of the shelf above to help frame the shot. After some work in Lightroom the image felt good from a lighting stand-point. I wanted the image to capture the same experiencing of the light just pouring into the space.  This is a strong image but could be better a few points of criticism would be  1) the lack of detail on the books’ bindings 2) some more negative space where the window is might be nice and 3) the light switch is distracting to some degree.

Overall, this was a very quickly shot scene which have yielded some of the favorite images I have shot to date.  Just capture what is intriguing or that light which catches the eye. Take photos all the time.  It’s better to take the shot and there is no harm done if images don’t happen but when they do it’s worth the 30 seconds or few minutes. With all of five minutes and maybe 30 photos resulted in four photos which really hold meaning to me.  I am pleased with an image and even if they didn’t turn out well these are images that hold meaning with me and my family. If I have a chance to share some images with people close to me of how I view their world to not do that would be disservice to them and myself. Documentary snapshots are great take-aways from any trip or adventure. That is why everyone photographer or not take photos all the time.