My daughter Nia was following her normal routine of reading a book in the morning before breakfast. She was lying on a dark sofa, backlit by open sky filtering through the blinds. The light from behind her was reflected back onto her face by the book. It couldn't have been any better lit if I had planned it--but why plan when everyday life offers such wonders?
It's been busy at Casa Lewis this past week. I've been working hard on three writing projects I've got due next week, my wife has been traveling out of town for work, and my kids have been wrapping up the school year in preparation for summer vacation. It hasn't been an ideal to take off half a day and wander through through Philadelphia or the various summer festivals to take photographs. So despite having a closet full of cameras and lenses that are just aching to be put into action, I've been sticking close to home--as in "barely going any further than the mailbox and back."
That doesn't mean I haven't had any opportunities to take a decent photo or two. Everyday life can be just as fascinating--maybe even more so--than life in exotic locations, if you're willing to stop and notice. So as much as I love to observe the ebb and flow of Philadelphia street life I'm just as interested in the ebb and flow of daily life. I hope the photos I take of my family reflect and honor that interest.
This coming week I'll be fortunate enough to travel and take pictures. I'll be visiting with my wife's family in scenic Martha's Vineyard. Coming along for the ride will be my favorite travel kit: a Pentax K-5 along with Pentax 21mm f/3.2, 35mm f/2.8, and 70mm f/2.4 DA lenses. You can wish me luck, but I know from experience that with this combo I won't need it.