Light Is My Friend

Published On January 11, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | DSLR, Lighting locations, Photo Essay, Walking Around Snapshots

A house in my neighborhood, a place that I see every day. Yet sometimes, when the light is showing in a different way, you can feel like you are seeing it as something entirely new.

I generally find harsh sunlight to be the ugliest light of all, but this morning, for some reason, it was amazing. Perhaps because it was early and there was just enough humidity in the air to allow a little filtration in the air.

I shot these while walking the dogs around the neighborhood. I normally keep my Nikon Coolpix pocket camera in with me for grabbing pictures on-the-go, but for some reason I felt compelled to hang the Canon 7D around my neck with the super-wide Tokina 11-16 f2.8 lens. The distortion that the sideness of the lens creates as a different character to the images and forces you to do something with the sky.

The black & whites make me think of retro photos from the 1960s. They don’t look quite 21st century to me.

If you use a camera, whether it’s a still camera or a video or movie camera, I feel it’s important to always keep your eyes open to the world around you — especially the part of the world that’s immediately around you, the neighborhood where you live. By looking at that same place and how it doesn’t necessarily change physically, yet is constantly changing visually by the different intensities and qualities of light that is showing on it.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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