So, instead of taking photos in my lightbox in a soft afternoon Iowa light, I decided to pack up and head in. As I was packing up, I noticed my baseball in the grass. I have to share why I have a baseball when I never played the game.
When I was younger, the Houston Astros played in the Astrodome. There were days set aside for Girl Scouts to attend games at VERY affordable prices. Not so much any more, but I digress. My parents took me to Astro games whenever the team had dollar games or they got coupons off of Rainbow bread packages. I loved keeping score in the program and I knew several of the players by name. Alan Ashby was my favorite player as my mother used to go to church with him. He was often a catcher for the famous Nolan Ryan.
|Baseball in afternoon Iowa lighting|
In any case, seeing the ball in the grass, my memories flooded back to me more so than if the ball was just 'another object' in my light box set up. I thought I would take a chance and take a photo of the ball in the grass. And it looked wonderful. I probably will never get back to the Houston Astrodome (and the awesome light display an even far distant memory). But, the ball in the grass tells a better story than a white or black backdrop.
Thankfully, before packing up, I noticed a blade of grass in the photo that was distracting me. So, I cut the blade and took another shot. Perfect.
|f/6.3, exp 1/24 sec, ISO 100, Center Weighted Average Metering|
It has just enough grass overlap on the ball to make the grass look real. Perhaps I'll do a little more cropping, but I really, really like this photograph.
What I've learned is that sometimes, it's best to capture a memento in context. If a family heirloom is still in the same home and position as it has always been, then your context will be easily defined. If however, your context is hard to access (i.e. a former professional baseball stadium), then perhaps you can come up with another context that would fit the subject (i.e. a ball in grass, or perhaps on a different baseball field).