Here’s the backstory on this unusual shot. Last week, I had just finished an early breakfast with my daughter at a favorite café/bakery in Newton, MA, when we exited into the brightest, most glorious winter day you can imagine. Adjacent to the café/bakery is a small BBQ restaurant, which wasn’t open yet. The retro thermometer, license plates, luncheon counter and stools caught my eye and a familiar thought came to mind, “There’s a picture in there”.
The window I was viewing through was at an angle, and that’s what created the real beauty of the shot; the sun, sidewalk, trees, traffic light, and even a church steeple, all merge right into the serene restaurant by reflecting off that angled glass and right into the lens.
So armed with my iPhone 5 and using a favorite app, Pro HDR, I composed and shot two images and allowed the app to meld them, capturing the brights, the darks, and the colors all pretty well, I thought. A touch of saturation and that was it.
I thought this was a fitting shot for today, March 1, for two reasons. This is our first day back after a successfully themed black and white February – so blasting some color at you first thing in the morning seemed like a good reminder that as compelling as B&W is, there’s a lot of power in color. And secondly, for those of us who have been trudging through a cold, wet, seemingly endless winter, this image said to me “Spring is coming, so hang in there!” I hope you feel that too.
Have a colorful Friday.