The missing leg

There is something magical about natural light. I’m still so young in photography, especially portraits, so sometimes using light is a challenge. But I know it’s something that can add an element to your photos that you can’t get otherwise. One guy who kind of inspired me a bit with the above photo and others I took on this day is Jacques Gude…who runs a blog called “Exposed by the Light.” When it comes to urban exploration, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better photographer who knows how to use light in these kinds of environments.

The idea of getting some of this light out at the dog track north of town was why I was kind of pushy about heading out there in the afternoon…because I knew which way the main windows faced.

I used the 50mm 1.4 on this shot, something I’m doing a lot more of lately. A lot. I love being able to setup on a tripod, click into live view, frame the shot and then play with the manual focus to see where I want my focal point to be and what kind of depth of field I’m getting.

Speaking of chairs…my  buddy Rick who was out there shooting with us posted his own chair shot today, one that I actually also photographed from the opposite angle. That image will drop at a later date. I love Rick’s image, he creates an awesome focal point on the chair itself, making it the center of the image where your eyes immediately get drawn to.

Also, I’ve gotten an amazing amount of comments and positive feedback on my “Window to the End of the World” photo from earlier this week. Thank you all so much for that, it’s been amazing. My buddy Scott Wood, who was also out there shooting with us, snagged a photo of me taking that Window image! It’s a great image, and kind of fun to see yourself in action, so check it out when you get a chance!

  • Heath O’Fee

    Dude…love it! The play of light and shadows is outstanding!

  • Chris Kenison

    Wow. I love this shot! I have to ditto what Heath said! I just love the lighting! Great job.

  • Jim Denham

    Mike, thus is a fantastic image. Black and white is perfect. The processing is spot on and the composition is awesome! Well done sir!

  • Justin

    I really like the shadows and composition here Mike. Way to break a leg!

  • Hector Garza

    Even though the image has deep shadows, you managed to make the chair pop up with that beautiful contrast.

  • Rick Young

    This is great Mike. I remember you giving credit to the Freq when you were shooting this.

  • Scott

    What a great image Mike. I shot that chair from 3 or 4 different angles and don’t think any of mine will hold a candle to this.

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  • Chris DeAngelis

    Great shot! Love all the shadows!