soft light

Pentax *istDS 18-55mm f3.5-5.6

I was feeling sentimental this morning so I went through some of my older photos.  This particular photo is special to me for a couple of reasons.  First, obviously, is the subject.   This is Shea at about 23 months.   Second, and probably not obvious except to me is that this is the first photo I ever took where I noticed the beauty of soft light.  From this photo on I made an effort to watch light carefully.

Shea is standing in a little plastic playhouse in the backyard of the condo.   The morning sun is shining through the white plastic of the walls which are in effect a big softbox.  Instead of a bright point source, like the sun, where the shadows would be harsh, a softbox spreads the light out, making it more of an area than a point, and the result are soft shadows and even tones across the things being illuminated.

Also, the odds of a two year old actually looking at the camera are about one half million to one.