Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
–William Butler Yeats
The idea of capturing dreams and light and half light, as so beautifully stated in Yeats’ poem, inspired me to take a photo walk last week. It wasn’t immediately clear how to express dreams and half light on a bright summer afternoon. But I brought along my 50mm lens, (which often makes magical images), and started to play.
I set the aperture to 1.8 and stepped down the exposure. And then I played in the “light and half light,” bending down, pointing my lens at the dark spaces while tipping the camera towards the light. I hoped to capture light and dark, blur and abstraction, and maybe a little magic.
Is there a poem or phrase that inspires you to capture images that seem a little magical? I hope you have the opportunity to play in “the night and light and half light.” Just remember to tread softly … xxoo