“Bliss” – Photo 101: A Photo a Day

My day started at 5:30 am, and I still didn’t have time do this photo challenge any sooner in the day. There are so many photographs that I have taken in the last decade that would work perfectly for today’s “Bliss” assignment. A decadent chocolate brownie photograph I took for a recipe posting on my other blog. My perfectly-manicured toes in sugary sand on a beach during my honeymoon. The moments that my husband captured when children nursed for the first time, right after they were born. Herbs in containers in my garden, bursting at the proverbial seams and spilling over the sides.

But I wanted to take a new photo, to try to stick with the idea that participating in this month’s Photo 101 course is intended to get me behind the lens more frequently. My youngest was already asleep, and my girls were curled up on the couch in a completely darkened living room, watching Dragon Tales on the iPad. The only light in the room was coming from the tiny little screen, illuminating their faces. Bliss.

Bliss, because they were getting along with each other.

Bliss, because the house was still and quiet, with the exception of the dialogue from the cartoon and the ticking of the clock on the wall.

Bliss, because their tiny, dark-eyed faces are so beloved that just looking at them makes my heart squeeze.

Bliss, because we are warm and safe and we have each other.

Bliss, a low-light portrait by Jen Hooks.

This image is best viewed large, so go ahead and click. Low-light settings on this one, like “Home” on day one. ISO 2000 with a Nikon D7000, shooting with a prime 85mm f/1.8. I don’t remember shutter and aperture settings. If anyone is interested, I’ll peek tomorrow, when I open Lightroom again.

Grain was handled a bit in Lightroom, but I left some, because I think a bit of texture is welcome in an image like this.

I hope you all found your Bliss today.

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