Thursday, March 03, 2005

Bright on Dark With a Little Contrast

"The Light" by Wes Aldridge

Today was my mother's birthday and a joint family meeting for dinner and fun was arranged in Manchester, Tenn. It is halfway between Nashville and Tunnel Hill, Ga., where my parents live. As usual, I was armed with my camera.

After dinner, our party was walking out the front door into the night. I saw this lamp on the side of the building. I loved its old cast iron design, but the shadows it cast on the brick wall really is what got my attention.

I couldn't pass up a few minutes of shooting it for different angles and this is my favorite one. Who knew an O'Charley's restaurant would make it onto the blog? Certainly not I, but I do love the unexpected.

Shot settings were ISO 200 handheld at 1/20th of a second at f/2.8 with compulsory strobes from my 550EX flash. I liked the way this shot came out because of using the flash on it. And, honestly, I can't even tell that a strobe was fired once, much less the multiple times I fired it off.