July 1, 2016
We survived! Despite four nights in one tent, multiple coordinated attacks on our food by posses of raccoons, and countless stubbed toes and scraped knees due to sneaky tree roots, our first away-from-home camping trip was a great success.
Highlights of our week included pony rides, playgrounds, dirt piles, s'mores, grandparents, exotic animals, swimming, and campfires every night. We'll definitely be doing this again.
January 18, 2016
In photography, light from a single point source like the sun or a bare lightbulb is known as hard light due to the distinct, harsh transitions it causes between highlights and shadows. Hard light is often undesirable, so photographers use various techniques to "soften" the light. Soft light can be achieved by moving into a shaded space so that the fall of light is less direct on the subject or by placing something translucent between the light source and the subject to diffuse the light. Common diffusers include lampshades, curtains, and clouds.
In some situations, though, hard light is a nice way to add interest and drama to a photo. I'd like to offer a few pointers on how this can be done.