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Quiet Moments Captured

It's always amazes me how small moments of everyday dwellings can get missed. From waking up and drawing the curtains, to stepping out your front door to be greeted by the morning sun. I guess that's because we're looking and observing, dare I say taking these these moments for granted? However one thing we all do is we see these things through our natural lenses - our eyes. We get drawn in and made to feel as if these moments are habits, mere routines, the mundane. But sometimes, moments stick out, and feel as if you want to capture it, bottle it up for another day however insignificant or significant they can be.

These images below were captured on a bright Saturday morning, simply due to circumstance, a still subject and good dynamic 'moody' lighting, with very minimal effort. But aren't the best images just that.. minimal thought and effort needed, just a feeling of I need to capture this quick grab the camera.

What was your process?

Simple. Just a moment unfolding, I saw the images which could be captured way before I thought about grabbing my camera. I turned, fumbled around my living room in search of my FujiFilm XT-20 which happened to have their XF-50-230mm lens already attached, flicked it onto Manual mode, tinkered with the settings until I got the desired ISO, Fstop and all that jazz, whilst of course making sure I'm shooting RAW. Then bam. Shutter button is pressed, it's then released and moments are captured; it's as simple as that. No ritual, or master class here. Just having the self-confidence to: 1. Grab the camera. 2. Ask your subject to ask natural and to ignore you. ( that one was super easy here ha) 3. Pace yourself when pressing the shutter.

Personal Advice:

Don't over think your shots, or who, what and where your subject is. If you want to capture a feeling, a tone for your desired image, you will. Just look at the composition you want to achieve and take it slow. Nothing worse than being shutter happy with your camera and then looking back at many images of the same moment without feeling as if you didn't really captured it.

Capture one or two and change it up. You'll gain a better understanding not just of your subject but of the ability to discipline yourself in being a shooter who edits as you capture. You never see the same image twice right? You see other versions with different iterative changes to focal length, composition, mise-en-scene and how your subject presents themselves within those shots.

I know in my mind looking back at this moment, I just was amazed of how the light was hitting the subjects face, how everything around him was dark it felt like a scene in a movie, just needed to have a slow craning shot down from the ceiling into his frame of him reading the paper, turning his head slowly towards someone entering the room and asking him to shift himself off from the sofa, whilst he rolls his eyes in dismay from leaving his little zone.

But the composition meant that my natural focal point was him as a main element within the frame; so I knew how to try and gain the most out of this by changing up the level, the focal lengths and slight perspectives I wanted to capture.

Being a believer in using what you have around you will help you work on your craft more and appreciate what nature and in this instance natural light can really offer you.

Thanks for reading. Until next time when I feel inspired to write a blog.

MB - Stay creative.

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