A Joyful Noise

I have a love-hate relationship with the old piano in our dining room. I love the idea of a beautiful old upright piano. But I hate that it takes up needed room and is pretty much just for looks. It came with the house, but it actually belonged to some renters that just ended up leaving it here (probably because it weight 10 tons and they didn’t want to have to move it again). Since we don’t have a fireplace, I often decorate the top in lieu of a mantle.

It isn’t in the best shape. It’s so far out of tune that I can even tell (and I’m pretty sure I’m tone deaf–so it’s bad). It’s missing a lot of ivory from its keys, and some of the keys barely play.

I’ve been seriously considering getting rid of it to make room for something more functional. But I’m not sure if I’m ready to part with it. Especially when I hear and see my little boy enjoying it.

Do you know what sounds even better? A duet…

Do you think I’ll regret it if I part with it?

Photography Details:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: 24-70 mm f/2.8 G
Focal length: varied
ISO: 1000
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/125 and 1/80

Notes: The dining room has one window on the north (dark) side of our house. That single window is shaded by two huge pine trees, so the natural light is limited. I set the ISO at 1000 to help with the low light. I love the mood of the natural light coming from the side. Can you imagine how different the images would have been if I had used regular flash? The flat light the flash would have provided would have killed the shadows and the mood.

You might notice the last two shots are lighter. I slowed the shutter speed down to 1/80 to catch more light. I steadied the camera and lens by propping my elbows on the counter in the kitchen.

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