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Photo 52: A Play on Light / Playing with Artificial Light [1]

I am so thrilled to be joining Photo 52: A Play on Light, a year-long, weekly exploration with a group of fellow photographers, concentrating on light and learning to master its many dynamic forms.  Each month, a different light-related topic is selected and four weeks are spent exploring it.  I have been shooting with the women in this group for over a year now (some for almost two!); they are incredibly talented and have become close friends.  I am honored to be in their company!

As we are still spending much time indoors waiting for spring to arrive, we have decided to focus this month on the use of artificial light sources, rather than relying solely on natural light.  The challenge with utilizing artificial light is to do so in a manner that either appears natural (for example, fill flash), or in a way that creates a deliberate and dramatic lighting situation.

For my Photo 52 debut, I used a flash to supplement the dim lamp in the room.  It is the end of the day and this little guy is (theoretically) about to go to bed.  One squirmy boy + unfamiliar flash equipment = less than ideal shooting conditions, but I’m pleased with the catchlights in his eyes and am looking forward to playing more with my flash and other artificial light sources this month!

Please continue around the circle and take a moment to see the creative interpretations of artificial light sources from my fellow photographers.  Next up is my friend and fellow New Yorker, the talented Linda Hooper.

  • March 4, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Jill Cassara - Love this, Julie! Perfect catchlights in those beautiful eyes for your blog circle debut!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Sarah Davis - Julie!!!! It’s so great to have you on board! I love this portrait – it’s all about the eyes! Just dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Erica G. - What a beautiful little face and intense gaze! the face to launch 52 photos, haha. (Although I suspect a lot more than 52…) Congrats on the P52 and your success with flassh!ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Stacey V - I’m so thrilled you are joining us! I love your site and his precious little face here is to die for . Lovely debut.ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Julie K - Those eyes grab my attention and pull me right in! Great debut image. I am so glad you joined our circle, Julie!ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Terry Wang - I like it very much! Did you use an off camera flash?ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Kim - Adorable…his eyes pull you right in! Glad you have joined the circle Julie!ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2013 - 11:59 pm

    Kelly Patton - Welcome, Julie – what an adorbable image and a terrific debut!ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Erica Collins - Welcome to the club, Julie!! His deep, dark eyes are absolutely gorgeous and I love his sweet little boy expression!ReplyCancel

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