Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Shootout - Light

Woah!  Way too much to choose from here!   I've just spent too much time trying to figure out what to post, what I've already posted, what needs to be worked on before posting...light light light...

There.  A light.  I'm done. 

Aw, what the heck...I'll be running late whether I stop now or post a couple more.  One of these days life will slow down a little.  Either that or I'll go back to work which seems in retrospect to be so much easier and lazier than retirement.


Moon light - I think I've posted this before

Playing with light
Uncle Thomas and the Light Saber

Light.  I may have mentioned this before, but then again, after three years of blogging, I have probably told every possible story left in my memory cells.  But after shooting with a Brownie, my grandfather gave me my first adjustable camera for Christmas...

...and sometime after that, I remember a conversation with him that completely confused me for a long time.   I was telling him what I liked to shoot and he said, "You know that you only shoot one thing -- light.  Light is the only thing you ever shoot."    He was an artist and often said things about color, light, composition that only made sense to me years later. 

Hi-key hallway where I used to work

Self-portrait on couch beside lamp reflected in TV

Corn from 1970 when I took better pictures

Deck of the Queen Mary in California

One of the things I've been thinking about -- probably worth a blog in the future -- is that I have discovered a prejudice against certain kinds of light.   I'm not sure how I got this way but I'ved grown to  believe that the low angle light of dawn and dusk is better than other light.   It is superior light.  All other light -- misty light, cloudy light, direct overhead flat light -- all that other light should be forced to sit at the back of the bus.  

I suppose that like most prejudices, my prejudice against those inferior types of light is probably based on the fact that I haven't taken the time to get to know them.  

Something to work on...


  1. The moon one is great, reminds me of a Caspar David Friedrich painting!
    And as for life slowing down... I'm not sure you'd really like that.

  2. Perfect moon capture! I prefer dusk and daybreak light for intriguing shadows, but also because it lends a certain eerie mystique to the subject. Merry Christmas!

  3. MARVELOUS pictures!! I'm fond of noon light, myself and what it does to white shirts and shadows made from bonnets when picking blueberries. Merry Christmas BB and M.

  4. beautiful lights and wow on the deck shot. i bet that was a fun place to visit.

  5. How much of your grand dad;s genes did you inherit? I remember his camera.

    I like the light Saber. Was an extra for Star Wars? They are looking for extra here for Hobbitt, but only for New Zealanders. But I hear lots of internationals are here to audition.

  6. Love that picture of the moon!

  7. Keep on working the light issue!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  8. possibly other lights take a little more thought and planning. you can snap a photo in any light and take what you get. You can plan an early morning walk or hope to catch the pink world of a sunset. 'Other' light can give you glare, over exposure, and sometimes - the very best - real colors.

  9. Your grandfather was so right, wasn't he? Light either makes or breaks the shot. You've captured some great examples here. Merry Ho, Ho!

  10. Merry Christmas from me to you!

    Nice lighting.

  11. I love the golden light on morning, but the joyful light of Christmas isn't bad either. :)

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  13. No matter what the light you know how to work it. Shots like that corn cob are a lesson on light to me.
    Your last line has really distracted me - "I haven't taken the time to get to know them." I've been working on that theory regarding my son-in-law but no luck so far.

  14. Love that hallway. I love doors and halls. Great group you have here. I am late, computer out for a few days.

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