It’s time for another Brenda Photo Challenge! The current theme is Bedtime. Oh me, oh my. I think some folks could really get "cheeky" with this subject matter! I’m going to keep it very clean, except for one little twist of a photo at the end this post. I am not in the habit of taking pictures in bedrooms, but I do have a few that I can share with you from my journeys to historical places. If you dare, you are welcome to check out the offerings of other participants by going to challenge’s web link!
My first challenge picture was taken in one of the refurbished town dwellings at the Appomattox Court House National Park. This park includes the McLean House, site of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender. The event marked the end of the American Civil War, after 4 long years and claiming an astounding 630,000 casualties.
This is a style picture that I rarely do: backlit. It is always tricky to get the light balance just right. I thought there was a lot of charm in this scene: plain white curtains; sunlight streaming through the window; delicate cup balanced on the sill; small Victorian bed with caster wheels; handwoven rug with tears and tatters, weather-beaten wood floor; aged utility quilt; and, button style shoes tucked at the bedside. The image was taken at f/5.6, 1/30 second, and ISO 400.
Shaker furniture and architecture continues to fascinate me. This authentic headboard is one of many on display at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. The hand carved cherry piece, with its simple scrollwork, contrasts with the painted bead board running along the whitewashed walls. I applied a textured background to the image to give it an antique flavor. The camera settings were f/8; 1/15 second, and ISO 800.
Last, we have an example of a bedtime essential from days long past: a potty chair! Why make a trip to the outhouse in the dark of night, taking your chances with poor weather conditions, when you can conveniently take care of your personal business just a few feet away? Typical Shaker styling ensures that it is a functional piece of indoor plumbing, yet beautiful at the same time. The scene is complete with a handwoven rag rug on the floor and overshot comforter on an old rope bed. The image was taken at f/7.1, 1/5 second, and ISO 800.