It’s a new year! What’s the first thing that I learned this year? Use my time wisely. So what did I do, go out and create a website for my photography hobby which I wanted to do for a while now(a huge thank you to George Kuruvilla for helping me). This is not to show what I can do, but this is to put God’s beauty on display. I am merely trying to capture what I see. Hope you are reminded of His love, grace, mercy and beauty while reading these.
When I wanted to capture time, what’s the first thing that came to mind? A watch. I tried to think of the different poses, but to no avail. I ended up with the pose everyone does. One thing that was new for me was that I really cranked up the aperture to get the clarity throughout the shot instead of slice of crispness.
f/16, 1/125, ISO-800
What’s the other thing I look at nowadays for time? A phone. I joined the smart phone craze and now use it’s calendar feature to record all my plans(or lack of plans). Was having a hard time taking my phone due to the fact of the glare the flash caused. I took the flash off and bumped up the ISO due to not being successful with flash. And needed to be careful the light fixtures were not being picked up on the reflection either. That’s why the glare from the light is hitting on the right side of the phone. I didn’t want to stand on top of the phone because I’d be in the shot. Next, I just darkened everything a lot so that any reflection and surroundings would vanish and you are drawn to the time. By the way, windows phones are better than apple ones.
Then what’s the last thing I look at when it comes to time? A calendar. I don’t have that much stuff planned for the future, so it’s not really needed. I didn’t have a physical calendar, so a digital version again. For this shot, I wanted to just focus on the year. So I shot wide open with the aperture as low as it can go. Also with the wide angle lens, I was able to get that distortion by taking the picture from the corner. Had glare problems again, so took it at an angle with slower shutter speed than I like and wide open aperture. Used some desaturation and increased the contrast a little to give a slightly darker look.
f/2.8, 1/100, ISO-3200
No matter if you think time is flying by or going too slow, use it wisely. I wanted to end with a picture of the calendar in year form to show that this is not guaranteed. You may think you’ll put something off til later because you’re tired, you’ll wait til you have a certain amount saved up. Whatever it is, be careful that you don’t take what is not yours for granted. Same thing applies even more to me.
Inspiration: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12