I’m ready for the weekend. But, my husband is working away at his new digs across the street. I could walk over and check on him, and maybe I will later. But right now, I take a little time for me. First a glass of wine. One small glass left from my birthday bottle of The Prisoner.
Inspired by a Facebook post by a good friend, I play some Etta James–it’s the kind of mood I’m in–and get out my tripod. My beautiful glass of wine is going to be my first subject this evening. I set it up on top of my iPad’s green cover. I move a utility lamp over. Then, I set up my camera with its 100mm macro lens about an inch from the glass. I spend about a half an hour finding interesting shapes and bubbles and (ick) floaties in my wine.
Eventually, I get tired of looking at the wine and decide to drink it. I move on to shooting close ups of an old nail file, a stuffed Brutus Buckeye bean bag (you have to be from Columbus to get that), my ear buds, and then I land on the utility lamp. I stop myself after the lamp.
As I process photos, I find it hard to choose. The more pictures I take, the harder it is for me to pick the handful that I like. They run together in my mind and I cannot remember if the one I am looking at now is better than the one I was looking at 3 seconds ago.
It reminds me of the time I took my senile aunt bra shopping. For those of you who have never been bra shopping, it’s not a fun activity no matter what you think. Add to the mix an 85 year old woman who can’t remember your name and it quickly degrades into an exercise of frustration.
I will spare you the details, but when it came time to choose, I would say, “Do you like this one better or the last one better?” She would look at me blankly and I would hold up the last one and say, “Do you like the one you have on now or this one?” She would look at the one in my hand and say, “Oh, did I have that one on?” Needless to say, I gave up and bought her a few comfortable looking sports bras. She, of course, couldn’t remember they were bras and never wore them.
Since my memory is slightly better than that, I did manage to whittle down my shots to 4. I particularly like the last one in terms of an interesting experiment. I shot through the utility lamp with the focus on the mini-blind in the background. The light created the effect of a moon behind the blind, which surprised me since the lamp was about 6 inches from the lens and the blind was more like 4 feet away.