This week at iHeartFaces the theme is silhouettes. This came at a perfect time. I picked up Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson and there was an entire area of the book dedicated to silhouettes. Metering has been something that I sort of winged in the past, and after reading this book (from cover to cover on our trips to LBI and back this weekend) I picked up some amazing tips. In fact, I am so smitten with this book and the information that he has provided that I signed up for this class at his online photography school. If it is anything like the book, I know I will walk away with tons of useful information. I don't know, even the shots I took this weekend after reading the book seem to be a step up for me. I'm proud of myself :) Anyway, back to iHeartFaces.
This is my submission for week 20. As I mentioned yesterday, we spent Friday and Saturday on LBI with some of our friends. I really wanted to get a picture at sunset before we left, specifically for this submission. The sun is usually down by 8, and once it hits the horizon it seems to go down even faster. As it was 7:45 and we were just saying our goodbyes, I didn't think we would make it. But, sure enough Matt got us to the bay so I could get my shots (no ocean sunsets on the east coast, but boy, the bay doesn't disappoint). He took Tea to watch the sunset over the water and play for a few more minutes, Brie was wailing in the car because she thought we left her, and I stood on the edge of the playground snapping away. Though I love the pictures I have of Matt and Tea agains that firey sky, something about this image stood out to me. Maybe it was because i have no idea who this little girl is, or the fact that she was in her PJs, or perhaps because she was frantically trying to jam in as much playtime before bed. It just screamed to me of those youthful summer days that I had as a kid. I remember swinging out in my backyard, my mom telling me that I could stay out until the sun went down. That feeling of anticipation as I tried to reach the sky, wondering how many more swings I'd get in, and if I'd be able to steal a few more minutes before my mom came out to get me.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and have some special things planned for this week!