Week 2: Sparkle/Shine
Of course when I heard this weeks inspiration was sparkle or shine a lot of glittery images went through my head. I really wanted to push myself though and do something I don't do often. I wanted to do a ring shot because it's not something I get to do since I don't do wedding photography. To really push myself though I wanted to shoot in macro (photography producing photographs of small items larger than life size). I also decided to use manual focus instead of auto. Manual focus can be tricky for me because I do not have the greatest eyesight with my glasses on.
Obviously when I thought ring shot I automatically thought of my wedding ring, then I thought of the ring my husband gave me as a gift on our wedding day, but instead I decided to use a ring that is probably almost as equally important to me. A beautiful vintage ring that my Great Grandma Wilkinson gave me. It was once her sisters many decades ago and then it was hers. She gave it to me at a time in my life when I was, of course, grateful for it but too young to realize just how much it would mean to me one day.
My Grandma was...different. She didn't mince words and usually said what she felt or meant. She was a little cranky and very opinionated. She could often leave you laughing with shock after she said something absurd. She didn't have a problem letting you know if she didn't like you. She was very unique but she loved me and I loved her. She was an amazing woman who lived a very full life and this ring that she gave me such a long time ago is my constant reminder of how much she loved me. When I look at it I remember how important of a figure she was in my life.
This is the image I chose to submit for this weeks challenge of sparkle/shine:
I also wanted to add some other images I took for the challenge:
Have a great week everyone. Go find your sparkle!- Rachael
I am a mom and a photographer. My love of motherhood led me to photograph all things from bellies to birth and beyond.