Monday, August 24, 2009

Kinda Shady

I find that I am quite moved by low light.

(Does this mean that I'm shady?)

I like that hazy, gauzy, scrimmy look that occurs at just the right time of the day, or evening.

When I am alert enough to notice it, I grab my camera.
(I know, that last line makes me sound like someone who floats through life in a drug-induced fog. What I really meant is that when that light tends to fall, I am often too preoccupied to appreciate it. Something about two pre-schoolers and a job and a pony that keeps escaping the pasture...)

Have I ever told you how much I detest "getting ready"? I blame it on the fact that as an adolescent, I loved spending hours in front of the mirror, Teen Magazine tear-out "How-To" booklet in hand, daydreaming about those teeny, tiny Shine Free eyeshadows in the pink cases or the loose powder housed in the odd, lavender hourglass-esque container.

I was all about trying to make my eyes larger and my zits smaller.

Fast forward 17 years, and it's all I can do to pull out the hair dryer.

When an occasion arises that warrants tethering myself to the outlet for 10 minutes, I get bored. My escape of choice is the above view. So many times I have thought to myself, "That there is the best view of the kitchen". One day, I finally decided to go ahead and capture it for posterity.

Another recent evening, I happened by the dining area and saw this lovely golden light casting shadows on the wall.

In a fit of control freakishness, I removed the plastic pink bib. I think I still like the first shot better.

These "overblown" shots really rub Cory the wrong way. What can I say? I like a little blur. It lends itself to my honed photographic technique.

It's so glowy and warm. It makes my carpet appear clean.

This one's for you, Kasey. Hope you catch it. And trust me, if you lived any closer, I'd have this puppy under lock and key.

19 comments:

  1. Your home is so pretty! :) I love the pillow, and we have several pink plastic bibs on chairs in our kitchen. ;)

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  2. Love it!! That light makes everything look so homey and inviting!!
    Oh, I'm with you on the getting ready thing. I don't know how I ever actually enjoyed getting ready, but now I just do it out of necessity.
    Elise

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  3. Love your cozy shots. Great light, love the shadows. Cute pillow:)

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  4. I love "hazy" shots too, and your kitchen is beautiful!

    :) T

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  5. Yes, the light fixtures are wonderful!

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  6. I just found your blog and have been enjoying your words and pictures!

    PS. I like the picture with the bib!

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  7. Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the way...(do you know this hymn?) Nice work.

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  8. Someday somebody will be looking for charming pink plastic bibs at the Springfield extravaganza!

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  9. I love the glow of late afternoon sunlight. I have a few rooms where it is just right. I love that amber-y, hazy look. You have inspired me to try to be aware enough to capture those fleeting moments with my camera. Sadly, the shadows and light don't last that long...

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  10. That is a great shot of the kitchen. I do this around the house all the time. It's my way of finding a bit of solace in the midst of home decor disaster in my case--especially when you zoom in really tight past the piles of laundry, ugly orangey colored wood trim, fake plastic tile--right into that favorite spot you've arranged just so. Ahh!

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  11. I don't think you have 2 toddlers anymore. ;) You might want to start referring to Calvin as a pre-schooler. I know....it's a tough transition to make.

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  12. lovin the low light! then the dust doesn't show! I also hate getting ready. Still sitting in my pjs as we speak!

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  13. The best light is dusk and dawn, and I try not to ever shoot midday. Diffused light is so much more soothing. Love your shots. The shadows are beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful photos of a beautiful and comfy home. I love your style and would love to move right in. The birdhouse on your table has my heart going pitter-patter, Love.It.

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  15. I visited your sister-in-laws blog today--thank you for mentioning it. Her daughter, your niece, is beautiful.

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  16. I don't really like to get ready anymore-I used to but not really anymore. So you are not alone :) Also, your house is gorgeous no matter what light it is in. So happy I got to see the side of your cabinet (tv cabinet...I know that's not the right word, but roll with me if you can :)) painted black! looks great.

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  17. First of all -getting ready- isn't that what getting out of bed is for? Lets be honest, there are days when "getting out of bed" is as "gotten ready for the day" as I will get. Thanks for the house pics. We just bought a 20 year old house that is stuck in 1989 and I am determend to make it become my little farm house, great inspiration!!

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