Let the sun shine in!

iphone, restaurant, reflection, color, Newton MA, retro, winter

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.

About Ed Spadoni

www.2GuysPhoto.com "Thoughts and opinions, resources and experiences… for emerging photographers everywhere."
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14 Responses to Let the sun shine in!

  1. Ed,

    Once again, you’ve proven it’s not the camera, but the person behind the camera that makes the difference. Great shot with my morning coffee! I love reflective art, and this certainly qualifies.

    Reflections can be wonderful things: they showcase different worlds yet unimagined, they display the unvarnished truth, but most important, they show us who and what we really are and how others perceive us.

    The color is an added bonus. Thanks for sharing and using “the most important camera” (the one you have with you).

    Frank V.

  2. Rey says:

    Ed – wonderful shot. Great reflections and the colors are a welcome addition to the blog. Is that the Blue Ribbon BBQ restaurant? If so, try it. It’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !


  3. Kay Neill says:

    Very nice!!

  4. Awesome reflections, colors and light.

  5. WOW! what a great eye Ed. fantastic shot with all those tine details that are actually very large. A picture full of wonder!

  6. Rodney says:

    Way to burst us back into color Ed. I need to get back to the Boston area someday for the BBQ and the Keltic Krust! Thanks for sharing, as always.

  7. Clanmother says:

    I came back to this post 3 times just to look at this amazing photo. Spring is coming – Vancouver had its first day of Sunshine in over a week.

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