creative blur is something that can take a photograph from boring to not boring, just by thinking through your camera settings.  while we were vacationing in north carolina, i was really excited to visit the biltmore estates.  while the inside of the house proved to be not as impressive as i imagined, we did enjoy walking the grounds of the estate and taking in the many gardens that are on the property.  for those of you who have been with me awhile, you know that, while i am getting better with plants, i am far from being an expert gardener.  just walking through these beautiful gardens made me really appreciate the full time gardeners who tend them; what a job!  with the prompt for week 24 being creative blur, the beautiful blooming subjects provided to be a perfect opportunity to get creative with a low aperture.  i find that photographing with low aperture is especially fun and powerful when given a subject that repeats, like the flowering bush below.  using a lower aperture allowed me to single out one strand of the blooming bush to showcase, while allowing the rest of the beautiful bush to fall into a beautiful blur.

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The Bethadilly 52 Week 24 – Creative Blur

The Bethadilly 52 Week 24 - Creative Blur | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : my nikon and wide angle lens.

my settings were : ISO 100 | f/1.4 | 1/1600ss

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while traveling we stumbled upon a wall in north carolina that contained wishes upon wishes of things people wanted to do or see or accomplish before they die. of course, it got me thinking about what i would write and what happened next was humbling. sure, i would love to have a getaway in london with my husband (fingers crossed for next year, babe ). and it goes without saying that i want to see the faces of all my children on each of their wedding days and hold my own grand babies and retire in a farmhouse that has a fireplace and a porch made for wine sipping and hand holding. but more than any of those things or moments, above all of that, i simple want to feel like i did it. I want to feel like my children know they were loved fiercely, with my whole being, every damn day. i want our home to feel like a place that they return to each chance they get, not because they have to visit but because they miss us and long for us and find our home to be their home always . i want to feel as though i have lived my whole life with intention, giving all i can to the people within our four walls. and i want to be their first phone call always because they know their mama will just be so proud, big or small. when it comes down to it, things are things. but when He tells me it’s my time, i want to leave behind a life and a legacy of people who just want to live fully. i want to smile and have zero regrets and know that, if all i accomplished was growing and loving tiny humans into people who know where home is, it’s a life well lived. it’s not a dream i save money for, but something i do every day when i kiss my people and every night when i pray for them and our life. in everything i do, i do it for this feeling. we get this life one time. that’s all.

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The Bethadilly 52 Week 26 – Street Photography

The Bethadilly 52 Week 26 - Street Photography | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : my nikon and wide angle lens.

my settings were : ISO 320 | f/2.2 | 1/800ss

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summer evenings bring an opportunity for family time in a new way.  as the sun is out until later and the weather is warm, we are intentional about going for evening walks after dinner time with our baby girl.  i love everything about our evening walks and they are something that i always want to remember.  i want to remember how our little girl curiously looks around, from left to right, taking in the details and sounds of the neighborhood.  how it’s a beautiful chance for my husband and i to slow down and talk about our days, our life, our dreams.  i want to always remember the sound of lawnmowers mowing and the smell of fresh cut grass paired with someone barbecuing hamburgers.  it’s those smells that also take me back to my own childhood and define summer nights.  of all the things that i love and want to remember, i love how much our little girl adores strolling with daddy and mommy in her stroller.  she is definitely one to appreciate a simple family outing.  and it truly is the simply family outings and our simple moments together that define our family’s strength.  when i saw the potential for leading lines within the crosswalk, i seized the opportunity to document the moment with my camera.

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Strolling With Daddy by Bethany Deschamp

Strolling With Daddy by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d750 and sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens.

my settings were : ISO 160 | f/2.8 | 1/640ss

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mother’s day found our weather finally turning beautiful, which was a gift indeed.  after a week of rain and chilly weather, we were graced with an 80 degree day and we jumped at the chance to spend it outdoors with our little girl.  having tried swinging on a swing a couple months ago, our little girl was very unimpressed.  after the beautiful weather begged us to go outdoors, we thought trying the swings again would be a fun idea.  and she loved it!  she was very curiously watching the other younger children on the playground equipment, and the boys bouncing their basketball on the adjacent court also kept her entertained.  but we also saw a smile or two as we bravely pushed her higher and higher into the air.  as i over photographed the moment and took countless images, i couldn’t help but hum “come fly with me,” and was inspired to portray the movement of the swing and the wind that played with her baby hair.  and that mustard bow was so well thought out, as i wanted to be sure to capture a pop of color amongst a setting that i knew would be fairly neutral and bland.  as most playgrounds are.

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Come Fly With Me by Bethany Deschamp

Come Fly With Me by Bethany Deschamp | Bethadilly Photography

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one of the easiest and most powerful ways to contain your viewer’s eye within your frame is through the use of leading lines.  leading lines are lines found naturally within your environment that lead your viewer from the edges of your frame, towards your intended subject.  the use of leading lines is extremely powerful because it allows you to control the viewer’s experience and show them exactly where you want them to place their focus.  so where can you find leading lines?  everywhere, really.  to get you started, here are 8 natural places you can find and incorporate leading lines.

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Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Rails

whether they are the rails of a crib or the rails on a wooden deck, rails offer an opportunity to incorporate leading lines into your image.  in the image above, i photographed my daughter from above using my nikon, purposefully placing the rails on the edge of the frame to allow their lines to lead the viewer’s eye away from the edge of the frame and towards my subject, the baby.  because i used my wide angle lens, i was able to incorporate all of these elements easily within the frame.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Stairs

stairs offer a great way to incorporate leading lines into your image.  whether you are shooting from the top or from below, you can use the lines from the edges of the stairs to lead the eye to your subject.  in the image above, i placed myself at the bottom of the stairs on our back deck, allowing me to photograph my puppy from below, using my lensbaby.  i purposefully placed myself so that the lines from the deck were placed on the edge of my frame, leading the viewer towards the center and the dog.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Repetition

repeating items can offer an opportunity for leading lines.  in the image above, i used the grand columns of the jefferson memorial to lead my viewer from the sides of the frame towards the center, through the use of  lines.  because i was shooting with my wide angle lens, i was able to incorporate more of the columns within the frame to depict their grand size.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Windows

windows are another great place where you can find leading lines.  in the image above, i used the lines of the window panes to lead the viewer from the top of the frame, down towards the lemons.  i used my lensbaby to photograph this shot, which still allowed me to bring out the lines, but in a beautiful blur.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Flooring Or Tabletops

leading lines are very popular in wooden flooring or on wooden tabletops.  whether you shoot from above to capture the lines evenly, or shooting from down low to photograph the lines of the wood moving towards your subject, there are many ways to incorporate leading lines.  in the image above, i photographed the carton of eggs from above and allowed the lines in the wooden table to direct the eye towards my subject.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Roads

whether the road is a public road with lines on it or a simple dirt road, you can use the lines on the side of the road to lead your viewer from the edge of your frame towards the continuing road.  in the image above, i use the distinct line of where the dirt road meets the greenery as a leading line to pull my viewer into the frame and further down the road.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Light

you can even find leading lines in the light!  in the image above, i noticed how the late afternoon light was coming in between the rails of our daughter’s crib, creating lines on her bed sheet.  i love how the lines of the light move directly to her, bringing the eye right to the subject.

Leading Lines: 8 Natural Places You Can Find and Incorporate Leading Lines | Bethadilly Photography

Fabrics

a very obvious place to find and incorporate leading lines is in fabrics.  in the image above, i used the striped fabric of our daughter’s bed sheet as a form of leading lines.  in this image, the lines on the fabric lead the viewer’s eye from the bottom of the image to the baby’s hand, which was my focal point.  as previously mentioned, the crib rails also serve as leading lines.

leading lines are truly everywhere and, now that you know a little more about them, i challenge you to constantly look for leading lines in your surroundings.  remember, once you find an opportunity for a leading line, be sure that the line directs the eye of your viewer towards your intended subject.  this can make for a very powerful photograph.  have you found leading lines in other places, too?  be sure to tell us about your leading lines in the comment section below and inspire us with your ideas!

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