It is often said that the quality of your photos is only as good as the amount of ambient light. But what would you do if there isn’t enough light available? In my case, I discard them all completely and resort to dark room photography.
I was sick last Monday. But I wouldn’t count it as “Monday sickness” because from where I am, Sunday starts the week instead of Monday. Actually until recently, the week starts on a Saturday so imagine how it’s like to knowing while the rest of the world are still enjoying their weekends, our week has already started. In fact we never really have weekends as we still have to work 8 to 12 hours overtime on the days that we are supposed to be resting. And that’s aside from the 12 to 15 work hours we’re rendering on regular days. What a life we’re living, right?
So we never really have time for photography. The ϋber expensive DSLR cameras we bought to, supposedly, pamper ourselves with for overworking ourselves to death had to be kept in the deepest dark corners of our drawers to collect molds, if not dust.
But as the cliché goes, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” Our local pop band Parokya ni Edgar couldn’t have said it any better, “kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw may dahilan.” And I have my toys and my two-LED USB lamp to thank for and I have already digressed too much just to showcase what I’ve been doing for a while – dark room toy photography.
If my memory still serves me right (as it doesn’t usually), the photo above is the first ever dark room photo I’ve taken and posted on Instagram (please do follow me @noelcabacungan). That’s Woody burning the midnight oil (or was he just trying to play the part and was actually just browsing through photos).
And one day, while eating pasta and playing with him simultaneously, an idea came to mind and I took this shot as soon as it got totally dark.
Motha, fatha, gentlemen! If you know what I mean.
When I bought a new book and wanted to share it to the world, I took this photo of Woody who’s channeling his inner bard.
Here’s Woody after drinking one too many.
And that’s Woody empathizing with me when I got sick just recently.
The Green Guy with his foster father acting their part for Toy Crew Buddies’ latest photo challenge, Green Toys. Follow @toyplanet on Instagram tag your photos of your green toys #toyplanet_challenge_greentoys to participate. No material prize at stake aside from possible new follows, likes and spam comments here and there.Read More »