High exposure

Sometimes the body can be starved of sunlight just as the heart is starved of love.

And when you finally get what you long for, your whole body tingles with delight.

You sing with the joy that life brings you.

I grabbed my camera and went out on a photo shoot (it’s been ages since the last one because of the cloud cover).

I didn’t realize for a while that I had left my ISO on a high number, but these over-exposed shots somehow reflect what I was feeling.

The colours were so strong and vibrant that they hurt my eyes with their intensity.

Somehow, the unaccustomed sun made everything so bright –

A dazzling feast for the eyes with splashes of merry colour here and there.

And even after I adjusted the exposure, that wonderful light persisted.

The light of life, of love, of spring in my mind.

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80 responses

  1. They are intense! But cool, too.


    March 7, 2011 at 17:26

  2. Oh yes!
    And what on earth is your daughter riding?


    March 7, 2011 at 17:42

    • The anklebiters are on a prototype snowkicker – it’s a kickbike with ski that you can use on the snow. It goes really fast!


      March 7, 2011 at 17:46

  3. Spring is in everyone’s mind indeed and your photographs’ high exposure convey so well the light in our hearts. Thank you 🙂


    March 7, 2011 at 17:47

  4. I love these shot, you are right, they are so vibrant!;)
    Can not believe you still have all this snow.;))


    March 7, 2011 at 17:50

  5. oh i really like the over exposure…esp that red birdfeeder…it really pops! and of course the pups…


    March 7, 2011 at 18:00

    • That red thing would make a good feeder even though it is a lantern for candles…


      March 7, 2011 at 18:34

  6. The picture of the little birds is great! I’m always trying to capture the birds I see around here (and I was very excited when I caught the Hawk that I have on my header)
    Great picture of the kids! A great action shot. That snowkicker looks really fun!! That would be terrific here in the mountains too! Wonder if we have them available here…


    March 7, 2011 at 18:14

  7. I absolutely love that one that’s almost all white with your dog in the field. You should frame that. It’s amazing.


    March 7, 2011 at 18:25

  8. I guess with everything being so white, there is nothing to adjust. It is just bright. I bet it almost hurts the eyes.
    We have sunlight like that around lunchtime over here.


    March 7, 2011 at 18:39

  9. I love how you captured the yellow breast of the two birds..the tiniest detail that we would have otherwise missed!


    March 7, 2011 at 20:01

  10. Sunshine — seems like a good sign. I had the same question as the commenter above about the snow bike. It’s neat that there are so many different options coming out these days. Our daughter rides a ski-bike on the slopes (Oregon mountains) as she has an issue with balance so can’t ski. With the ski bike she can go with the rest of the family.


    March 7, 2011 at 20:35

  11. Hers is different though (I didn’t mean to say that she goes down the hill with a kickbike) Yours is more adventurous!!.


    March 7, 2011 at 20:36

  12. I love the bird shot and it doesn’t look overexposed to me…love your write up!


    March 7, 2011 at 21:15

    • I really like the bird portrait too. It’s taken with a huge aperture and an ISO of 3200!


      March 8, 2011 at 05:50

  13. you know where the bird portrait need to go, don’t you?? 😉


    March 7, 2011 at 21:23

    • I know, but I have no idea what kind of birds these are!


      March 8, 2011 at 12:46

  14. These are wonderful shots; they really each tell a story. Thanks for dropping by.


    March 8, 2011 at 01:12

    • LOL!! Jillsy, this is so funny, because I thought the same thing when I saw the birds!


      March 8, 2011 at 12:32

  15. Hooray for increased daylight and sunshine!


    March 8, 2011 at 03:25

  16. Whatever it is the Anklebiters are riding, I want one!!


    March 8, 2011 at 03:26

  17. Colors are vibrant, so must be your heart in the dazzling sun in quite a while. I especially like the third photo. What magic did you make on it? I feel like that I’m seeing one page of a children’s book in delicate water-colors.


    March 8, 2011 at 04:49

    • I was shooting with an ISO of 3200 and a very large aperture – by mistake! But I do like the effect.


      March 8, 2011 at 05:52

  18. In your photos, everybody and everything are so lively!! Even though a lot of snow there, surely spring is around the corner!


    March 8, 2011 at 05:24

  19. Your photos and your posts always express such an incredible and wonderful sense of joy — regardless of the weather. You always lighten my day, my evening with an awareness that I do have most of the time, but can lose sight of, and I can smile, laugh, giggle and happily get ready to sleep again — as I am now. Have a wonderful week!



    March 8, 2011 at 05:52

  20. Kids, sunlight, a dog, beautiful birds – who cares if there’s snow? Beautiful shots, Fi. Thanks for the reminder.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel


    March 8, 2011 at 06:04

  21. I am the same way, the sun comes out, the sky is blue and I grab my camera and go somewhere. And yes, the first heat can be so hot and colors so colorful! So lovely to see your photos.


    March 8, 2011 at 06:10

  22. Oh, Fi, I am gasping at the photo of Oscar running through the grasses. It is the essence of light and happiness.


    March 8, 2011 at 06:23

  23. Häftig och läcker effekt! Men så mycket snö ni har kvar. Här börjar snödropparna äntligen titta fram. Längtar också efter färger.


    March 8, 2011 at 07:14

  24. bright and beautiful!!


    March 8, 2011 at 08:27

  25. Hi Fi. Blogger is playing up today and your photos never showed up. Never mind, I’ll look again tomorrow.


    March 8, 2011 at 09:11

  26. i love the shot of the birds and the last capture is wonderfully captured.


    March 8, 2011 at 09:46

  27. Clive

    Love the colours and that snowkicker is ‘awesome’ as Murray would say!


    March 8, 2011 at 09:58

  28. It might have been a while but you haven’t lost the knack.


    March 8, 2011 at 10:12

  29. Your photos are delightful and the photo of the children shows real action. The photo of the dog is art!


    March 8, 2011 at 10:44

  30. Really great pics. What a surprise it must have been for you..thanks for sharing them.


    March 8, 2011 at 11:35

  31. The one with the dog looks like a painting !! Very nice and the dog is so cuddly 🙂


    March 8, 2011 at 11:42

  32. Very artistic creations … particularly the dog in the grasses. When the sun plays tricks with lighting it can lead to some interesting results!


    March 8, 2011 at 11:47

  33. Cool shots.Just as you long for sunny days, we long for cloudy days now, because the days are becoming too hot!


    March 8, 2011 at 11:50

  34. I loooove these photos! They have brightened my day…and it’s still dark here!


    March 8, 2011 at 12:34

  35. Pat

    These are all brilliant, springy shots! Hurray for the brightness and freshness of spring (or the promise of spring).


    March 8, 2011 at 13:02

  36. You’re right, after a while the longing for sunlight becomes almost a physical ache, and then when the sun comes out… Wow!


    March 8, 2011 at 13:07

  37. It amazes me how you make winter look so beautiful!


    March 8, 2011 at 13:22

  38. It’s nice just to be out. Around the world we’ve had poor weather lately. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


    March 8, 2011 at 14:43

  39. Beautiful compositions.
    I like your high exposure shot.


    March 8, 2011 at 15:22

  40. Amy

    Great shots Fi, I really liked the one of your fur child running in the field…very cool!
    Yeah, what are the anklebiters riding?? Looks cool and dangerous, my kids would love that! 😉
    Today we had temperatures around +5.5C!!! It was soooo amazing!!
    Spring is a coming!! Have a super day Fi!!


    March 8, 2011 at 15:24

    • They are riding a snowkicker… a kind of kick-bike with a ski!


      March 8, 2011 at 15:53

  41. Fantastic photos, as always! Was it too cold out there to change ISO setting up to now? LOL. I like the second photo very much.


    March 8, 2011 at 17:08

    • No, I was shooting inside and just forgot to turn the ISO back to automatic.


      March 8, 2011 at 17:44

  42. Wonderful winter shots.


    March 8, 2011 at 17:49

  43. I want one of those snowkickers! Also, these are beautiful – I love the intensity! One of my favorites of mine is of a bluebird – I had no idea it was blue except I accidentally left my ISO too high, just as you did, and discovered it when it came up on my computer. I love those surprises!


    March 8, 2011 at 17:54

  44. · I like these pictures and the result of your forgetfulness. They seem very happy. The second one has a good composition.

    · regards

    CristalRasgado & LaMiradaAusente


    March 8, 2011 at 17:59

  45. I do that way too often; leave my camera at an inappropriate setting. Sometimes it works out ok (yours did, especially the dog), sometimes it didn’t.


    March 8, 2011 at 18:05

  46. It is always so great to see the sun after days and days of grey skies, I am glad you got out in the sun to take these sunshine pics.


    March 8, 2011 at 22:00

  47. lol, sometimes that is good too. 🙂


    March 8, 2011 at 23:20

  48. marina

    I love all your photos! So beautiful and fun! 🙂


    March 9, 2011 at 02:44

  49. I feed my birds so they are not starved.

    I ws watching the Amazing Race installment. They filmed it in Sweden. They were racing with dogs pulling the sledge.


    March 9, 2011 at 02:45

  50. I love the bird photo, and of course the kids and Oscar are always superb subjects. Your photos always seem to show joy in your subjects.


    March 9, 2011 at 04:08

  51. They turned out great and look warm – much warmer than here. 🙂


    March 9, 2011 at 04:26

  52. Nice shots LadyFi.

    That snowkicker looks like fun.


    March 9, 2011 at 04:29

  53. This is a perfect example of a happy accident 🙂

    And for those who wondered about the snowkicker, I’ve no idea if it’s possible to buy them for real, and I can’t easily find out either, since the guy whose friend made that prototype is no longer a colleague of mine. 😦


    March 9, 2011 at 05:58

  54. I almost think I can feel the warmth of the sun in these images. 🙂
    It’s raining here.

    Lovely images!


    March 9, 2011 at 07:48

  55. A world of varieties !


    March 9, 2011 at 11:30

  56. lovely shots


    March 9, 2011 at 12:08

  57. I have to tell you, I love “you sing with the joy life brings you.”


    March 9, 2011 at 13:23

  58. Jen

    I totally get that.

    And when you get home the images reflect the joy of the moment.


    Jen Muddy Boot Dreams


    March 9, 2011 at 16:08

  59. beautiful series
    still winter in your country!
    we have already some spring days,
    but also Autumn days with rain and wind


    March 9, 2011 at 16:51

  60. Certainly eye catchers my friend.

    (pop over to see my Header Post)


    March 9, 2011 at 18:36

  61. belle serie, j’aime beaucoup la troisieme

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    March 9, 2011 at 21:04

  62. Wonderful color and crisp air!

    Thanks with Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral




    March 9, 2011 at 21:29

  63. So nice to have the sunshine. Those colours are brilliant.


    March 9, 2011 at 23:28

  64. Getting out into the sun after a winter of cloudiness, I sometimes feel like I need TWO pairs of sunglasses. lol!

    Beautiful photo essay. 🙂


    March 9, 2011 at 23:34

  65. The joy really shows on the faces of the Anklebiters..they are having a blast! Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by a shot that turns out different than I expected! It looks warm there..we were above 32 degrees today..and it rained a little..but we have lots of snow to melt:)


    March 10, 2011 at 04:07

  66. Those little birds are so cute with their yellow bellies!


    March 10, 2011 at 07:12

  67. Amber-Mae

    I love that picture with your Golden in it!!! It’s so bright & beautiful!


    March 10, 2011 at 08:49

  68. That overexposure makes for really interesting and intense images!
    The dog in the snow is priceless (must remember to overexpose!).

    We had such bright light, but icy temperatures, air mass straight from Siberia (no kidding), for the lasr week or so. Today, cloudy skies, but warmer temperatures. Let’s hope for Spring to arrive soon!


    March 10, 2011 at 11:22

  69. does the snow affect the transmission?


    March 11, 2011 at 13:10

  70. it’s funny how sometimes our “mistake” photos become our favorite


    March 12, 2011 at 04:02

  71. You have some very good pictures out there. I enjoy visiting. Its very colorful even in Winter. Following you on NB so I can find you easily when you have a new post. Thanks for the comment and the visit to my blog.


    March 12, 2011 at 18:17

  72. Although there’s snow the photos feel warm – like spring is coming! I love those birds!!


    March 14, 2011 at 03:22

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