Although the dining room is typically the room we use for formal dining like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, I like to dress up the kitchen nook for special dinners with hubby.
We have just enough room in this nook for a cozy table and chairs.
The table has a leaf so we can actually seat 6 people in this space.
Truth be told, we eat most of our meals in front of the T.V.
I’d like to get back to sharing more meals at a table and bring back the fine art of dining.
Fine dining which means meals cooked from scratch and a pretty table setting.
A matelasse bedspread is used as the tablecloth, while landscape burlap takes on the role of a runner.
Lots of neutral gourds take center stage, while a gray pumpkin perches on a slice of tree trunk.
The large, old oval mirror on the left was a recent find for $24. It’s not staying here though.
It will be replaced with open shelving (at least, that’s the plan for now).
These photos were taken as the sun was beginning to set.
I opened my camera shutter a bit longer to capture ample light.
It’s amazing what you can do with the right camera settings.
In fact … let’s turn off the lights in the kitchen …
The lights are off, but I still have the shutter speed open for a second or two.
I think I’m going to write a future post about camera settings.
I’ve learned so much from taking the course at www.shootflyshoot.com.
What was too much to comprehend, became easy to break down and understand.
Tweaking the settings a bit more gives a cozy glow at the kitchen table.
You can see how dark the room is without the lights on.
Changing the camera settings one more time allows me to reduce the amount of light being captured.
It now looks like we’re well into evening. It’s fun changing the mood with the camera.
Flip the lights back on and open up the camera shutter and you’d think it was a sunny morning!
I firmly believe with the right camera and the right settings, you can get enough light into your photos.
I started shooting the photos at 4:00 and was finished by 5:00. This photo was taken closer to 4:00.
My camera is a Nikon D3000. I have two lenses … 18-55mm and a 35mm lens.
I’m still learning (there’s so much to learn) but I enjoy every minute of it.
How about you? What are some of your photography frustrations?