Photo Challenge: Hallelujah

Last week’s theme was Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.   I asked Joshua to bring his guitar for family dinner night, perhaps the acoustic.  Thank you dear son for letting me take pictures of you!  And Ashley, thank you for letting me take pictures of you with him…those may be my favorite shots of the week.

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
You don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
This is the shot I submitted as I felt it best represented the challenge.  My older son Joshua is a brilliant guitarist.  Our living room was exceedingly dark (the low key darkness works for the mood of the song), so even with a crazy high ISO and low F-stop, needed Dodge and burn edits, a crop, and minor adjustments in LR.  I really like the angle of the shot, but because of the lighting think it could be improved. Will try this again during the daytime or with studio lighting to make the best of the angle.

Here are a few more of the better shots, all dark–which actually fits the mood of the song.

This was my second choice, and I think a better composition.  Photoshop edits include dodging and burning, crop, and minor adjustments in LR.

Joshua zones in his music they way I zone in my art.

After a bit, Ashley said, you do the right hand, I’ll do the left. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo of them!

And one more…..

One more of Joshua and Ashley…I love these two so much!


11 Responses to “Photo Challenge: Hallelujah”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Very nice! Magazine worthy.

  2. Patricia L Walters Says:

    I LOVE them all in different ways but the 2 of Joshua and Ashley create a mood with the soft low light and the 2 of them sharing the music of Love.

  3. Susan Dunne-Lederhaas Says:

    Hey Sarah Ann.
    These photos are incredible! I covet the shot of Joshua playing by himself and also the photo of them together.. Verra nice!!!

  4. Paula Says:

    Beautiful photos! Guess he’s grown up a bit since you did the art quilt of him playing guitar! Same intensity, though.

  5. Sarah Carpenter Says:

    Dar Sarah, Love the pictures. You really captured the mood, with the low light.

    I am taking year one of Ricky’s class. I am loving it, and learning so much.

    Hope our paths cross sometime soon.

    Sarah Carpenter

  6. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    Thanks so much, Sarah. Are you down in Rockland full-time yet? Maybe in summer we can go on a photo romp in the area!

  7. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    Thanks Paula….yes, he has grown up a LOT…can you believe that quilt was 7 years ago? And yes, the same concentration, the melding of body, mind and sound….

  8. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    Thanks Susan….I must be getting better because the kids have all asked me to take photos for them: engagement photo, Eli’s senior portrait…. I have lots yet to learn, but I’m having fun dong it!

  9. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    Thank you Patricia! I love those two also…definitely sentimental favorites. Hope you are mending well!

  10. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    Thank you dear one!

  11. Sarah Carpenter Says:

    No, I am not down in Rockland, but sometime I’d love to go on a photoshoot!