Ahhhh…  Love my coffee first thing in the morning.  I wouldn’t think of beginning my day without it.  It’s what makes me actually get out of bed when the alarm sounds; that desire for a hot cup of coffee.


My vision for this theme was to convey a sense of early-morning light flooding in through a side window, where I am just about to sit down and enjoy an invigorating cup of coffee to help me get my day started.  A newspaper to help bring me up to speed with events that happened overnight.  And a bit of homemade banana bread to complete the vision.

Oh, the wonder of photography!  I can actually create a scene that makes me WISH for that reality.  That’s the beauty of setting your own scene.  In reality, my mornings are nothing like this.

Reality #1 – It was night, not morning, when I shot this photo.  Let’s face it – Chicago doesn’t have much available daylight in January.  It’s also dark out in the morning when I’m drinking my coffee; there is no beautiful natural sunlight flooding into my kitchen.  It’s just cold, windy and dark.

Reality #2 – I haven’t read a newspaper in years, but rather I watch the news on TV while getting ready for work and drinking my coffee.  Or on the IPad, laptop or phone.

Reality #3 – I don’t actually have a rustic blue wood table.

Reality #4 – Grinding my own coffee beans has gone by the wayside; vastly preferring the ease of a Keurig and coffee pods.

But none of THAT delivers a good photo,  does it?  The reality would be a picture of me standing at my dresser, drinking coffee and watching the news on TV.  Not something I want to photograph! Don’t you just love that, with photography, you can imagine, create and portray your own vision any way you want.  Thanks for stopping by my blog; all comments are appreciated.

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/250 with my 50mm lens on a Nikon D7100.  


7 thoughts on “Beginnings

  1. Your photography makes me wish I liked to drink coffee and read the paper. May be I’ll substitute a hot cup of tea and a book instead. Puts a smile on my face either way! Thanks Wendy for your love of photography and honesty in sharing about your pictures! Your photographs are beautiful!

    1. Hi Marcy, I so look forward to your comments here, thank you very much! Oh, and I have a surprise for you…I’ve started a new family/friends recipe blog, check it out, you will be surprised. is the website. 🙂

  2. Hi Wendy; This will probably be somewhat of surprise but thought you might appreciate a little “atta girl” for doing something neat. Good to see you enjoying your photography; and life too. . . ~ enjoy your ramblings and daydreams ~ Take care, Don (DeKoker)

    1. Hi Don, what a nice surprise to hear from you! Thanks for the encouragement, I do truly appreciate that. The blog is a fun way to keep writing, and the photo challenges are a great way to keep shooting. Say hi to Tonya too!

  3. Wendy, you didn’t explain ‘I don’t actually have a rustic
    blue wood table’. Is this an imported background or a colour change effect on a different coloured table? Love the photo by the way.

    1. Hi Gavin, nice to hear from you! I didn’t explain fully because I actually thought that level of detail wouldn’t be very interesting to most people! But I am more than glad to share it. The “blue wood table” is actually 4 pieces of scrapbook paper laid in a square on a table. it’s just paper that resembles wood. Hobby Lobby has rows and rows of background paper you can buy for about $1 each, many colors and patterns. Cheap table! I also have a few vinyl backdrops that resemble wood, but of course those are more expensive. Thanks for your comment.

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