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Jun 17 / 2014

Photography 365 Project: (Day 167: Converting My Everyday)

by Laura

Category : 365 photography projects, Personal

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I never used to be a huge fan of black and white photography, but I have to admit that it’s growing on me.  I find it especially useful for the times my husband’s face is lilac-coloured from a purple computer screen.  Here is my lovely SOOC (straight-out-of-camera):
This is what the photo looks like in black and white (by simply pressing the conversion button and doing nothing else):
It’s kind of blah.  My eyes dart all over the frame from the bright tip of the lamp in the top, left-hand corner, to the square of kitchen light reflecting in the window behind the loveseat.  My eyes just briefly graze over Nick whose skin is a nice grey that almost matches the wall in the background.  I’m looking everywhere.  My eyes are attracted to all things bright and shiny – the white canvass with the heart, the glare on the couch arm, that one especially bright tiny dot right in the middle of the window.  I’m taking in the room as a whole.  Even the board games on the very far right-hand side are peeping out from the shadows at me.
So with a little love and time spent in Lightroom and Photoshop, I managed to create the look I envisioned.  I minimized the distractions and pulled the focus to where I wanted it.  I didn’t want to say, “Look here is my livingroom and it happens to be in black and white.  Oh yeah, Nick’s there, too”.  I wanted to say, “Enter this moment with me.  Let all the outside distractions fade away at the end of a long day, and come into our little relaxing space.  A space where it’s just Nick, me, a couple of drinks, and a computer keying up our evening show that we are about to enjoy together on the couch :)”.

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Hi! I’m Laura, a coffee-loving, outgoing introvert with a passion for motherhood and photography. This blog is an extension of who I am. I’m a mommy to three little boys, and I love to create and write. I’m also loud, tend to over share, and am a type-A personality in the extreme. I’m a little pensive and can be a lot sarcastic.  I believe that motherhood is something more than just to be survived! This is both a space where I share glimpses into my business and the photo shoots I do, and also my personal space to just write about whatever is on my heart. So grab a cup of coffee, come stay for a while and let’s get to know each other. 🙂