From Mundane to Beautiful

The kids and I have had a really rough day and a half. Poor little things came down with a really bad stomach virus and they all threw up every 20-30 minutes yesterday afternoon/evening/night. Of course my husband is out of town on a business trip. I’m saying “of course” because for the past number of months every time he’s been out of town at least one kid has gotten sick, but all three of them at the same time is definitely a first.

They were all feeling a little bit better today and the older two were even able to have a few bites to eat, but we spent most of the day on the couch lazying around and alternating watching kids shows on TV with reading books. I took this photo of my middle child when she was engrossed in watching “Max and Ruby.” The light coming from our living room window created this beautiful outline of her body and I just had to capture it. I think it’s a good example of how beautiful even a mundane everyday moment can look through the camera lens when the light is right. I debated for the longest time whether to keep the photo in color or black and white. For once, I actually liked both versions, but in the end, the black and white won. The color version had its own appeal, but it was much “softer” for the lack of a better word. For me, the strong contrast between shadows and highlights is what “makes” this image, and you just can’t get the same effect with color.

(50mm, ISO 800, f/3.5, 1/100 sec)


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