I brought my camera to the girls' riding lessons for the first time in months.
It has been soooo dark and sooooo cold
that I generally spend my time huddled in the corner of the arena under the space heater
holding my hand warmers up to my nose.
It's been cold, people!
Just last week, I was sooo cold that I wimped out and sat in the car.
I never do that.
What if one of them fell off?
What if they did something amazingly good?
I usually want to be there for those moments.
But I was COLD!
But this week...
oh, it was wonderful!!!
It was 65 degrees out.
Warm enough to leave off the winter gloves and bring the camera out to play.
Even on a sunny, summer day
the arena is not the ideal place for taking pictures.
There are pockets of bright light and pockets of dark shadows.
At this time of the year, at 6:30pm,
there is nothing but darkness and the harsh artificial lights.
But I gave it a go anyway.
I placed the girls in the frame differently.
I turned the camera to the black and white setting.
I embraced the blurriness,
the heads cut off,
the bright lights
and the dark shadows.
And I kind of love these pictures
with all of their "not-perfectness."