Week 18, our Natural Light Favorites!
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Friday, May 04, 2012
By Daphne Ellenburg
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Making the most of Natural Light is the one thing any photographer can do to improve their skills. There is so much variety with Natural Light that you could spend years honing your technique. The same photo taken at different times of day or in different weather looks entirely different, and choosing your favorite is part of developing your own personal photography style. My favorite thing about shooting in natural light is finding ways for it to naturally reflect on my subject (position is everything) or maybe it's the fact the my subjects don't have catch lights in their eyes from my studio reflectors or soft boxes. The great thing about this week's theme is we saw all kinds of different times of day - great shadows, great sunbursts and great pops of color. There is nothing better, in this photographer's opinion, than shooting in Natural Light.

This week's top ten is in no particular order. The artist's information is listed below the photograph. If you like what you see, shout it out. Every photographer could use some encouragement - photography is an endless battle of gadgets, lenses and settings - it feels good when you get it all right - like the planets are finally in alignment and powering your amazing photography skills - or something like that. Either way, pay it forward and give out some pats on the back!

Here we go...

ONE {The water drops on the white puffs are perfect.Great texture.}

Happy May Day 18/52 Natural Light

Happy May Day 18/52 Natural Light By Moopiecow

TWO {Gorgeous reflections on the water - a perfect line. A great job!}

Ellenburg Photography 18/52

Ellenburg Photography 18/52 By Andrewfierro

THREE {Gorgeous tones & the water drops all have a sun burst - just perfect. Love it.}

Week 18 Natural Light

Week 18 Natural Light By Catino Creations

FOUR {Perfect light. I love the pose - this will make such a wonderful gift for you son}

Project 53 Natural Light

Project 53 Natural Light By ayers549

FIVE {Completely in love with these rosey cheeks.This is such a cute shot.}

18/52 {Natural Light}

18/52 {Natural Light} By DoubleLPhoto

SIX {Love the color pops. Great focus on your front blooms.}

Project 52 Week 18/52 - Natural Light

Project 52 Week 18/52 - Natural Light By Fur Will Fly

SEVEN {Love the Bright orange with your bug, he really stands out. Great detail on this creepy little guy!}

Natural Light

Natural Light By jenfosterphoto

EIGHT {Beautifully lit. It feels like the jungle - great POV}

Natural Light_3422

Natural Light_3422 By jodiemasterman

NINE {I love the reflection of the clouds in the water. It really made this shot special.}

week 18 | natural light

week 18 | natural light By meredithwb

TEN {Great color pop, wonderful natural light and such a creative idea!}

Week 17 ~

Week 18 ~ "Natural Light" By MPE by Irela

HONORABLE MENTION {Three gorgeous pink blooms, from three different states, by three talented photographers, all in beautiful focus and submitted the same day. Great minds do think alike.}

Natural Light

Natural Light By SillyAngel0906

Natural Light and Flowers go hand in hand.

Natural Light and Flowers go hand in hand. By Joyful Reflections

EP 18/52 {Natural Light}

EP 18/52 {Natural Light} By ib4luvnit

Week 19's theme is "From Trees" - I went with my favorite paper - the one from inside my cookie. Wacky Daphne Fact of the week: I keep a lot of fortune cookie slips. I love them. I have oodles of my favorites in a jar on my desk.


19/52 Fortunate Reminder By Ellenburg Photography

What's new with Daphne?

This week's Bridal show was a hit. Not only did I make some new friends, get to spend the day with my wonderful husband and beautiful brides to be, but I got hone my skills as a professional-grade grommet specialist. {I made my own backdrop} Here's a shot of 23 week pregnant Daphne.

Blog 120429 Bridal Expo-09a

I made some cool show marketing...

blog 120429 Bridal Expo-11

Bought some great shoes in a whole size bigger, {thank you new baby}

Blog 120429 Bridal Expo-14

Mike & I took Madison to eat sushi for the first time. She tried it all, but really likes a California Roll. It was just as much fun to eat as to watch her eat.


The last two Max's came in. {I love them!}


And I've been experimenting the fun that is Animoto. Have you checked these guys out? Here's my first slide show...it's really cool.

All in all - it was an outstanding week! Wishing you a great week filled with Family, Fun and Photography!

XoXoXo, Daphne

Daphne Ellenburg is a budding photography business owner in Southern Alabama with a supportive family and a new fancy-pants in home studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Olympus. Daphne also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Catch up with her at Ellenburg Photography {Website} {Facebook} {EP Blog}{Daphne's Blog}{Join EP Project 52}

Ellenburg Photography's award winning photographer, Daphne Ellenburg, specializes in Wedding Photography and Family Portraiture. We are located just north of Mobile Alabama. We proudly serve all of Alabama, and Gulfcoast Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. (251) 656-7601


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Daphne Ellenburg - Thanks Judy! I'm really getting into these slide shows :-) Working on a new one today...
Judy Whitmore - Awesome slide show Daphne! Congratulations to the features. They were Stellar this week!