The joy is coming back. Each time I load my backpack with a camera and a couple lens. Each time I arrive at a destination and haul my tripod out of the car. Each time I cross another item off the Summer Photography Scavenger List. Each time I complete another lesson in the book Shooting with Soul. Each time I come home with at least a couple photographs I want to print, frame and hang. I feel happy.
The dry spell lasted way too long. September until May only a handful of photos taken with my dslr. Hopefully that never happens again.
The latest lesson I completed in Shooting with Soul was: Exercise 27: Window Shopping
My husband had to go up north for a couple days for a conference and it worked for me to go along. I made arrangements with our daughter to stay at our house to take care of Atticus. She told me long before I got Atticus that she would be happy to watch him when we went away. I was cashing in on that promise.
I had one full day of wandering and shooting to myself. I prayed for no rain, but packed the umbrella just in case. The town we were staying near had the cutest shops, so it was the perfect place to complete the Window Shopping lesson.
I am not much of a shopper, but I do love windows, reflections, and wandering
I arrived in town a good hour before the shops opened. I wanted shots of the windows, not a bunch of summertime people. The objective was to find windows with interesting stories about their products, their audience, their location, or the season. Notice how the elements inside the windows, as well as those reflected on them, can be incorporated into your photos to create compelling images.
You could choose to include your reflection into the composition or not. Needless to say, I LOVE self-portrait window reflections.