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This week's challenge: I dreamed a dream
Reason I chose this photo:
This week's challenge was a...well, it was a challenge! I'm not a dreamer by nature, though I sure do have dreams. But to take a picture of one of my dreams--to travel to France, for example--would be impossible because I haven't done it yet. (That's why it's a dream!) My 18yo son has done some neat stuff with my camera, but that's his fun, not mine.
Finally, the colder weather inspired me when I saw the empty fireplace and knew that that would be the shot. Most of what's burning is paper (our wood was wet!), but the scene reflects a typical fireplace scene in my home. I do love sitting and staring at the flames and letting my mind wander and ponder. It's one of the few times I actually sit and just be still. When I dream/think/ponder, it's usually about things I want to do or purchase when/if we can afford it (a trip or even a camera lens!), and I dream for my boys--their futures, wives and families, and such. Our oldest has autism, and I dream a lot for him. He's still home with us but we hope and dream that someday he will have a steady job and a fulfilling life. I feel that my image reflects well my state of mind as I sit and dream.
It was dark in our home, which is good because that reflects the feeling I wanted to portray of dreaming. I used my tripod, since I knew it would be a slow shutter speed. After several miserable attempts at a shot, I moved the tripod right behind me so I could reach the remote shutter without using the timer. I also set the ISO high (1600), since I knew I wouldn't mind noise (again, the feeling of dreaming). The above shot was in the first set of my second attempts. It ended up being a matter of choosing one with a nice fire--though it is a little bright! In post edit, I adjusted the white balance, did some other minor tweaking, and vignetted the image more than I usually do--again, to reflect the theme.
- Canon 40D
- ISO 1600
- Manual mode
- 17-85mm lens at 24mm
- 1/13 sec. shutter speed
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