I took some "pregnancy" related pictures yesterday and this morning, but I'm not sure it's obvious what some of them are if you don't know why I took them. But it was good to start trying to take pictures of things other than Philadelphia skylines (which is what you'll see on my photoblog on Monday), things which are meaningful to me in some way, and let me tell you, orange juice is really important to me right now.
It's funny because I never really liked orange juice before. I always thought it was just ok, unless it had pulp, and then it was definitely not ok. It's probably a good thing I didn't care for it, because orange juice is pretty expensive.
But then I got pregnant and suddenly I became obsessed with fruit and over the months, it has pretty much narrowed to eating oranges and drinking orange juice. In fact, I've even dreamed about it. (It was a really boring dream, in which I was looking at a gallon of orange juice in my refrigerator and telling my friend how much I wished I could just drink it all, but that I knew I shouldn't.)
What's funny about this picture is that I was trying to convey brightness and orange and citrus and all the yumminess about orange juice, but I also wanted to convey how much I really wanted this orange juice and how disappointed I was that what was in the cup was the end of the orange juice I had on hand. I have no idea how to convey all that in a picture of orange juice, and honestly, in that moment, I really just wanted to drink it. But I'd promised myself I would take a picture of it before I drank it.
To set up the picture, I had to pull back our big heavy curtains to let some light in the room and then I had to try to compose it so that various things didn't get in the background, like if I stood back a little bit, the heater along the floor or one of our speakers would get in the shot. And I hadn't put in my contacts yet, so I was trying to see through the viewfinder with my glasses which doesn't work well for some reason. And the cup is a frosted white, so it's difficult to see whether it's actually in focus or not. (Or was that because of my glasses?) And I was using my 50 mm lens, which doesn't let me focus any closer than this, so I kept having to back up from whatever composition I actually had in mind. And I just really, really wanted to drink the orange juice instead of photographing it! Eventually, I couldn't stand it any more and drank the juice.
I don't think this picture says all that though. Probably someone should have been photographing me photographing the juice and my desperation would have been very apparent.