Seeing the Light

June 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Perfect light at just the right moment

Over the weekend, I posted a photo on my Facebook page composed only by sheer luck - perfect light at just the right moment.

The vase sits near my sister-in-law's front door, and by itself it is quite unassuming.  I turned toward it as we headed out the front door to see the sunlight cascading down the wall and I captured it with my iPhone.  Before I could grab my DSLR, the light from the window had shifted.  Within just a few minutes, there was no shot at all - just an ordinary vase bathed in plain, soft light.  (Great for portraits- not so much for drama.)

Fortunately we spent two days there, so the next morning I was ready and composed this shot (click to view larger):

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Beautiful, dramatic light!

Two quick lessons that parallel landscape photography

  1. You never know where you'll see beautiful, dramatic light.
  2. The sun moves quickly, and so does your window of opportunity.

(On a side note: it only occurred to me later that I could have moved this vase to keep it in the sunbeam a little longer.)

 

Thanks for looking,

Adam@LiC


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