Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dawn or Dusk


There aren’t many symbols in the world as powerful as the multiple meanings of the word ‘light’.

There are too many to list: let there be light, to shed light , to bring something to light.

I had the opportunity to ponder this while reading a photography book yesterday.

The author said to remember there are only two real times a day to shoot a landscape: at dawn or at dusk.

This afternoon I reveled in that, playing with some of my favorite whites.


I found this handwork years ago, and I have used it at Christmas parties, bridal showers, and on the cake table at our daughter’s wedding.


And then I added some of my other favorite whites, whose beauty becomes almost opalescent at dusk.



The plates are a collection of milk glass, and I have had the vases for years. They started to sparkle and come alive once the sun hit.


All of these items reminded me of my favorite pearl earrings and necklace, so I experimented with them as well.



Why dusk or dawn? Because as Scott Kelby says ‘these are the only times of the day when you can get the soft, warm light and warm shadows’.


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Karen said...

Oh, Laura... a photography lesson with beauty. Wonderful photos!
Thanks, neighbor..
Ladybug Creek

Sandra said...

Gorgeous pictures!! You are so talented!! xoxo

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I'm visiting from White Wednesday. Thanks for sharing these beatiful photos. :) I love how they all capture the light but the one of the pearl necklace is my favorite.

I've been taking so many photos at sunset in recent weeks that my hubby dubbed us "Sunset Chasers" (to the tune of Power Rangers - ha!). You won't find us out there at dawn...yet.



Lemon Lane Studio said...

Breathtaking photos. So peaceful and serene...captured perfectly.

Pondside said...

Is there anything lovelier than pearls? Your whites are beautiful.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Laura, your photographs are beautiful! I love that lace. laurie

Karena said...

Laura fabulous images, items of intrigue, and the photgraphy! Wow!

Art by Karena

Theresa said...

Oh what beautiful pictures! You are really showing off your talents here! I love them all, the lace on the blades of grass... the simple white earrings and necklace. I love the milk glass whites and that plate with just a little glimmer on the edges. Ahhhhhh, love it!

Have a blessed day dear Laura! BIG HUGS!

The Lazy Peacock said...

beautiful post, beautiful photos!

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Deb said...

great photo shoot Laura...love the milk glass...and the lace...

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those are beautiful photos! You've inspired me to try this.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your whites are beautiful! Great photos especially of the necklace and earrings.

Anonymous said...

Definitely dawn or dusk... I am always disappointed in outdoor photos taken at any other time of the day.

Love the white!


Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Beautiful pictures Laura

Olive said...

Splendid Laura!


★Carol★ said...

Yesterday, I think I finally learned that it's best to take pictures at dawn or dusk. I had to delete and retake so many pictures, because of the sun!
Beautiful photos you're sharing today. You definitely know what you're doing with your camera!
Happy White Wednesday!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Wow!! Just gorgeous! I have absolutely no talent when it comes to photography (thank goodness for Photoshop). I appreciate the hint!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Holy guacamole! These photos are drop dead gorgeous! I'm going to have to try taking some at this time. Thanks for stopping by my blog 'cause now I've found yours too!

Rebecca said...

I just love lace-so beautiful!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I love the dawn/dusk photos. The white is particularly pretty! Very elegant. Linda

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

Fabulous photos...very soothing.

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

This was truly a pure and refreshing post and attention to detail in the everyday beauty that usually takes a backseat to the normal pops of color. The fact that you took these pictures makes it perfection :)

Privet and Holly said...

Fantastic images, Laura! I need to remember this tip and play with my camera at these times. I especially love your picture of the stacked plates. Lovely! xx Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Such gorgeous pictures. Who would think that white pictures could be so colorful! Thanks for sharing!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Alrighty then.
My neighbors will only see me in my jammies outside with my camera either before breakfast or before bed.
hmmm....that's a scary thought! hahahahha
Awesome tip...gonna try it :)


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