Utilizing Window Light
This shot took advantage of window light from the left to illuminate 82 year-old Sonny Solot, with the camera on the bar top for its half 1/8 of a second exposure. Sometimes I can get lucky hand-holding an 1/8 of a second, but I had a big bar top available to me, a subject that luckily didn’t move much, and a glorious large north-facing window, providing a large naturally lite portrait on the go. By using the Lensbaby, I kept Sonny in focus and blurred the background. I saturated the image a little in Photoshop, but that was all. In Arizona, where we get over 300 bright and sunny days a year, window light is seen as if it were the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s the soft flat directional light that gives subjects dimension. If all else fails, place your subject by window light, you will be happy with the results.
© David Sanders