This is actually slightly old news, but as it happened before I started this blog, I’ll post it now. Back in January, I entered a photo contest at my local library, and had the good fortune to win. There were two categories, namely “books and reading” and “Lake Forest” (the city in which I live), and I chose to address the former.
My photograph, titled The Magic of Books (which has been featured on the front page of this site for the last few months), is of my son Ryan opening a Harry Potter book with a magical glow apparently emanating from the book, and a look of surprise on his face. Actually, we made a point that he “magically” not be touching the book as it opens.
In reality, of course, the glow comes from my SB-600 speedlight, unmounted and triggered to flash remotely, sitting inside the book. It doubles as a means to prop the book open. The only other light present comes from a floor lamp across the room, and with the white balance set for that, the flash appears blue, reinforced by the choice of Ryan’s blue shirt, and contrasting with the red/gold chair and brown bookcase.
Below are a couple shots I snapped with my iPhone of the photo hanging on the wall at the library.
It was a small local contest, but still a nice little boost for the ego.