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on May 17, 2011 in Landscape Photography

A Moment of Light?

Then, after a while, not giving up on the scene but rather just taking in the moment without the camera attached to your nose, a moment light breaks. What do you do? What I do is mentally scramble, looking for that one, single element that has the light playing upon it and then seeing if there is a photograph there. A lot of time, it’s so fleeting that making any kind of dash is a waste of time and experience. And then there are times when it is not. When clouds light up, often it will last long enough to make it worth your while to make a photographic commitment to the moment.

The top photo was a no-bainer, not so with the bottom one. You can’t really make it out, it’s just a white speak in the bottom left corner but that’s a boat heading out to see. Jake saw it and pointed it out to me. I was looking at the cloud’s reflection in the ocean but I didn’t see the boat coming into view. It’s so small but in a 11×14 it is very obvious. And just as quickly as the light came, the light left. Great shots, no. Do I love the challenge and the chase? Oh yeah!

Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film