In these “After Hours” posts, members of the group will tell the stories behind the pictures they have posted, and explain what motivates and inspires them. Starting the ball rolling is Staci Lee Kennelly, who posted this image in January for 7am:
• Which camera did you use, and why?
I used my Mamiya M645. I knew that it would deliver the dreamy feel I was wanting for 7am. It is also why I chose Kodak Portra 400. I knew it would give me those muted morning colors.
• Do you have any specific photographic plans for the rest of the year?
No, not yet. I have been thinking about doing the whole year on film.
• Was this a typical day for you?
For January? Yes. My Japanese Magnolia tree is my favorite thing to photograph in January. I am thinking of capturing it with all my cameras this month. I love the idea of a tree blooming in the middle of winter. It gives me such hope.
• Why did you choose this particular photo to post?
I liked how the petals were messy… reminded me of 7am morning bed head.
• Do you usually shoot at this hour or was this new for you?
Yes, I do. Here in Southern California, 7am is sunrise in during the winter. I love the morning and evening light. There is something about starting your day with capturing light. It helps me find light for the rest of the day.
• Finally, how about a bonus picture?
We’ll be updating the 7am post on Sunday with more images. And we want you to be a part of The Hours, too! Please submit your 7am images to our new Flickr group for your chance to be featured on “After Hours”. We look forward to seeing them!