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Posts from the ‘sunlight’ Category

Evening repose…

Winter skies… gotta love them. This is another shot from my backyard in suburbia. Nothing profound; however, it’s just nice to be able to step outside my back door and know that nature’s wonders are bountiful and ever-present, if you just stop, look, and shoot. Hope you enjoy…

Sky candy…

I admit it. I am a sucker for gorgeous skies. Sunrises and sunsets are kind of like the golden retriever puppy of photographic images–things just look more beautiful, more poignant, when they are framed by a deeply striking sky. But while they are alluring, that is not to say the sky should do all the compositional heavy lifting. The sky may be the star of the show, but its supporting cast–that is the rest of the composition–must be strong as well, in order for the image to really work. This photo, for example, was the result of an early morning trek outside my hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona a couple of winters ago. I knew I wanted to capture the deep orange glow of the morning( and Mother Nature did not disappoint) but it took a while to settle on the balance between earthly and ethereal delights. This rock was actually a small, faraway hill, the palm branches on the resort property where I stayed deceivingly make it look as if everything in silhouette are relatively close. I loved the jagged edges and curves of the rock, as they carved a sharp line against the crayola morning sky. In the end, this is the frame that spoke to me. Hope you enjoy…

f/5.0, 1/60th sec, ISO 100, 85 mm

Autumnglow…

Do you ever feel like autumn just sets the natural world aglow? Walk through the woods on a sunny autumn day, especially as the shadows begin to grow longer, and it feels like nature has simply pushed the white balance of the entire world toward “warm.” It envelopes you… and makes you feel as though every leaf, every twig, every weedy stem is an ethereal thing of beauty. Of course, it’s also quite a transient state, as well. As soon as the light changes, the same scene ceases to hold the magic it did just moments earlier. The trick is to be there the moment the magic happens, and focus. Hope you enjoy…

f/3.2, 1/250th sec, ISO 800, 50 mm

Water power …

The events of the past week with Hurricane Irene remind us all once again of the mighty power of water. Irene’s surge and the torrential rains that are plaguing the northeastern region of the country harken back to images of the destruction of Katrina, the broken levees along the Mississippi, and the ocean of water that descended on my hometown of Nashville, just a little over a year ago. Combine enough of those tiny molecules of H2O and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with.

Which brings me to this image, taken from the banks of Niagara Falls in 2009. There are few places I can imagine that demonstrate the mighty power of water like Niagara. To compose this image, I leaned about as far as one can (safely) over the rail to entirely frame the rushing water and white foam–6 million cubic feet a minute barreling over the precipice to a 170 foot drop. The icing for me that day was being there at the moment the sun’s lowering rays turned to golden, which reflected in the white water and transformed the Niagara to a beautiful emerald green. Hope you enjoy…

f/10, 1/800th, ISO 400, 250 mm