I arrived back the other day and was wondering what to do next, when I was inspired by the quality of the light coming through the window. The most readily available subject was a pair of keys used to lock the windows when I am out and so I positioned these carefully in the pool of light, got out the tripod and started shooting. I only realised later that I had forgotten to switch off the room light first. In the end though, the artificial room light and the natural window light worked together rather than against each other.
I have always been one to pooh pooh photos that have been over processed, but I have discovered lately that I actually quite like images that don’t necessarily reflect reality as seen by my eyes. I find regular photos, which have been adjusted to be as close to reality as possible, somewhat boring. I was playing around with the tone curve when I discovered the misty, surreal effect in the photo below (by increasing the brightness of the black point a lot).
What fascinates me (I’m an engineer, so this is unchartered territory for me) is that this image is a far better representation of how I felt when I was actually taking the photographs than the first one, which is more realistically processed (albeit with the clarity slider quite a bit overdone).