In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Half and Half.”
A few weeks ago, while my brother was staying with us from out of town, he said he wanted to go to one of my favorite photo places with me. We decided on an early-morning jaunt to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Unfortunately, when we got up the sky was completely gray, with no sign of beautiful golden light, no clouds, and a heaviness to the air.
Also, in the middle of summer, there isn’t really that much color going on – lots and lots of lush greens, with the occasional spot of color – we really had to look for it. While at first we were both disappointed with the sky and the monotone colors in the park, I think we discovered that when we really had to search out good photo opportunities, it helped improve our “eye”. Did we both get the best photos we’ve ever taken, that day? No, for sure not, I believe my own best photos are yet to come; and I’m quite sure he feels similarly.
When the sky looks like it did that morning, we knew just to keep aiming our cameras down, rather than including the sky in too many photos, so we focused our attention downward.
The little lake at the arboretum was wonderfully still, so it made clear reflections that day. We noticed this woman with a great flash of red walking around the lake, so we just waited until she was “in position” for us. I chose this photo for the challenge because it’s visually divided in half with the reflection. In between swatting at mosquitos (forgot something, note to self…) we got some nice shots and were able to practice our craft together, which was the best part of the day.
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