Exposed for the sky, flashlight for the foreground
Wanted to share this shot I surreptitiously snapped as I was walking home from work. (and yes, I’ve noticed that my transition from home to work and work to home is a time of introspection for me).
On the surface, it’s a shot of a 3rd floor balcony and an exterior staircase from the ground. The streaks by the power lines and through the middle of the roof are trails from airplanes on their way to O’Hare International. Time of day was around 6pm.
Ever since I took a photography class with my pops this summer, I’ve been focused on shooting in manual mode, exposing for the sky and either manually dodge or use a dialed-down flashlight to illuminate the foreground. I did the latter in this case (as can be seen in the shadows of the iron railing bars).
The vignetted top corners are either my lens hood or a crop from my sensor, I’m not sure which.