Hot Spot Check Up 4: Kitchen Island – and a picture question

Here I am at the 4th week of my kitchen island hot spot check up, and as much as I didn’t want to start it, I actually don’t want to stop! If you want to catch up a bit, here are links to the first 3 weeks:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3 (scroll down for the picture)

The whole accountability/public humiliation thing seems to work for me, so I’m going to go another month and then maybe move to a different spot. We’ll see.

Sometimes I have really quirky blog ideas. Like maybe giving my kitchen island a blog of its own. Sort of like a 365 blog, except that I post a picture of my kitchen island every. single. day.

Quirky? Yes.

Crazy? Maybe.

A little obsessive about my kitchen island? Probably. Just a little.

Today I’m going to show you 2 pictures, both taken at approximately 10:09 AM yesterday. I often seem to have this debate with pictures that I take for the blog. When the light is low (indoors plus rainy day in this case), should I use the flash or not? Which picture do you prefer here:

Without flash:

With flash:

Sometimes I don’t have much of a choice because I can’t get the camera (a digital point and shoot) to focus in low light, but here I at least caught one shot that was decently focused. And then there’s the “flashy” one.

Either way, the kitchen island is not bad, eh? I’m happy with it.

And by the way, I’m feeling really motivated to do some fabulous before and after pictures sometime soon. I’m craving some big impact somewhere around here. There are lots of places to choose from!

I’m linking up with Works for Me Wednesday, over at We are THAT Family.


11 Comments on “Hot Spot Check Up 4: Kitchen Island – and a picture question”

  1. Messy Wife says:

    Wow. Great job keeping it clutter free.

    I definitely prefer the one without flash. BTW, your camera sounded like ours, with a little bit of personality: “I am not taking that picture when I cannot focus!”

  2. Jan says:

    I like the “no flash” picture. And the island looks fabulous!

  3. You know what I’m going to say, right?

    No flash.

    Flash is evil.

    The end.

  4. Oh! I should also say that you can download Picasa for free and use it to correct the color on shots like your no-flash one. You can also add some fill light to make it a little brighter.

  5. WilliamB says:

    I like the flash because it gives us a better look at exactly what’s on your island.

    with years’ worth of unreviewed pix on my computer

  6. Abigail says:

    I’m with the frugal girl.. flash is evil! I generally do everything I can to avoid it.

    Nice island!

  7. Natasha says:

    Congratulations on your island! You inspire me to do better with my kitchen table. It tends to be the ‘dump zone’ in our house and it drives me crazy when it’s covered! You are doing a fabulous job keeping up on it.

    And my vote is flash 🙂

  8. Megan says:

    I generally like to go without a flash too, but since you’re not close up on a person or anything that can get a huge reflection going, I think the flash is better. For this photo, anyway. It’s hard to get as much natural light inside as you need usually. Of course for better focus with no flash, you could use a tripod and lighten the picture up in editing.

  9. Nancy E. says:

    No flash! No question!

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