Eyes Wide…Open

Insomnia is a great thing, isn’t it?  No.  No it isn’t.  As I mentioned in my last post, I spend a lot of time awake during the night hours.  I suppose you could call me a night owl.  I would say I’m sleep challenged.  Always wanting to sleep when I can’t, and wide awake without sleep in sight when I’m able to.  I suppose it can be a good thing at times; I’ve been incredibly productive, and have gotten a lot of work and projects completed when I should have been sleeping.  At other times, I would much rather be sleeping instead of watching countless re-runs and infomercials at 4 o’clock in the morning.  Like last night, for instance.  I was a little frustrated, but at least I was semi-productive.  I completed crafting my mom’s Mother’s Day present, and just in time for this week’s theme, took some pictures.

Though this isn’t using my camera to its full potential, as I was so excited to do, at least I was able to get some shots of “nighttime”, and I had fun playing in Lightroom giving some of my images that dreamy, hazy quality, which will match how I will feel the rest of the day.  It may not depict your typical night, but it is for me…sometimes…unfortunetly.  What always surprises me is the amount of noise I hear my neighbors making at all hours of the night.  I suppose it’s good to know that I’m not the only one (I mean, misery does like company, right?), but what the heck are they doing?  People stomping around upstairs, doors opening and slamming shut, loud talkers in the hallway.  I’ll just have to assume that my neighbors all have far more active social nightlifes than I do!  Then again, they all also appear to be early to rise.  Like this morning…it’s 9 o’clock and someone is doing some type of construction?  Maybe they’re all vampires, or whatever other mythical non-sleep-needing person.  I digress….

So here you have it.  All the things I peek at while I desperately try to fall asleep, things that go bump in the night in my apartment, and the dreadful realization that the sun is coming up before I’ve even gotten a wink of sleep!

Week 18: Nighttime

Considering the amount of time I spend awake at night, one would think that I would have an abundance of pictures which would fit right in to this week’s theme: nighttime.  To my surprise, while looking through my pictures today, the pickings are slim, and really similar.  Seems like I only think to take pictures at night when I’m at the beach.  Everything I have is either of the beach, or at the beach, with the exception of the astrophotography attempt I had earlier this year.   It was freezing the night of the astrophotography, and I would love to get some successful shots in a much darker location.  Maybe I’ll give it another go, or maybe I’ll continue the search for a model to do something completely different from what my night photography has consisted of in the past. Besides, nighttime doesn’t necessarily mean that I have to take pictures of nature at night.  The possibilities are endless!

I’m actually really excited to take this one on.  As you’ll be able to tell from my examples below, I haven’t always had the best equipment for night photography.  Don’t get me wrong — I still tried, but it’s incredibly hard to avoid camera shake when you’re working with a point-and-shoot camera and can’t control any camera functions, aside from setting it to “nighttime mode”.  Now that I have my “new”  camera (year old, so that still counts as new, right?), I feel unstoppable!  If feels so great to take a test shot, realize that something isn’t working, and being able to actually adjust things!  Silly, and so amateur sounding, I know, but I made do and got some great shots with my little, frustrating, point-and-shoots for many years, so I’ll be thoroughly enjoying the full functionality of my DSLR for a long time!  At least I can truthfully say I will never take having my D7100, and my film camera, for granted.  Sorry, little point-and-shoot, I love you, but I’ve happily moved on.  I’m still keeping you around for the more daring experiments, like underwater photos!

Even with the challenged, I like the photos I’ve taken in the past, not so much for their quality (I mean, they’re not terrible!  I am showing you guys after all!), but for the memories they bring me of being at the beach with family and loved ones.  So as I think of ideas, beg for model volunteers, and try to talk myself out of a spontaneous trip to the beach this weekend, I’ll leave you with a couple of beach nighttime pictures.  Goodnight 🙂