focal length: 70 mm
shutter speed: 1/200
aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
flash: not fired

This is another shot of the stump I photographed for this week’s WYP, which I still have to work on. I like the smoothness of the bokeh but in retrospect I think I would have taken more shots at different apertures like f/11 or f/16 to have more of the wood in focus.

I was aiming to capture texture that is enhanced by directional light for our photo club’s photo challenge. I took this photo while the sun was setting, which deepened the shadows in the cracks to highlight more of the texture. Makes me want to touch it. If I had taken this photo under a midday sun, the light would have filled in the shadows in the wood making it look less three dimensional than in the image above.

Studying the light is the most important part of photography (which means “drawing with light”). I am and always be a student of light. Do you have any lessons to teach me?

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit