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First Light:  Sun-drenched Datura

First Light: Sun-drenched Datura

The WordPress photo challenge for this week is Illumination.    The above datura illustrates the dramatic effect of early-morning light.   The image below shows the opposite view, which also captures a golden beam of light while the rest of the landscape awaits its turn.

P1570735 HACIENDA GUACHALA ILLUMINATION

We often associate illumination with man-made objects like ethereal church windows or dreamy night-time settings. Artists often seek the sun’s dramatic light, which creates shadows that are just as important as the light.

Palm Shadows

Palm Shadows

Light & Shadow Foliage Guaranda Ecuador

Light & Shadow Foliage Guaranda Ecuador

Agave - Light and Shadow

Agave – Light and Shadow

P1570682 AGAVE ILLIMUNATION

Early-morning outings often reward one with classic examples of soft illumination.   Late afternoon light can capture calm, dramatic or turbulent moods.

Light  & Shadow

Sunny Light & Shadow

Sunrise - Balboa - Republic of Panama

Sunrise – Balboa – Republic of Panama

Dramatic End-of Day Light

Dramatic End-of Day Light

Cruzita (Ecuador) Nets

Cruzita (Ecuador) Nets

Playa Rosada - Nicaragua

Late Afternoon Whoosh! – Playa Rosada – Nicaragua

Night offers dramatic lighting moments.  The calabash lights cast a soft mood over the Palo Santo Cyber Cafe’s lounge area.    Street lights also offer great photo moments when one least expects them.   A boring arrangement of brooms suddenly transforms with lighting.

Calabash Lights by Luchy

Calabash Lights by Luchy – Jama Ecuador

P1540121 cruzita sidewalk broom shadows

Sidewalk Shadows – Cruzita Ecuador

Soft daylight enhances an old church’s presence.   One enters with reverence and basks in the early-morning light.    “Here I am,” the church seems to whisper…

Iglesia Nueva - Hacienda Guachala - Cayambe, Ecuador

Iglesia Nueva – Hacienda Guachala – Cayambe, Ecuador

Art Lessons: Reflected light  & Shadows

Art Lessons: Reflected light & Shadows –   Morning sun splashes the ancient wall and bounces shadows in all directions.  Shadows darken the left side of the pew and the right side of pedestal.

P1570640 hacienda guachala iglesia MORE ILLUMINATION

Old Iglesia – Hacienda Guachala – Cayambe Ecuador

P1570642 hacienda guachala inside iglesia ILLUMINATION

Old Iglesia – Hacienda Guachala – Cayambe Ecuador

Dramatic light often begs to be captured. Marie and Enrique trusted me when I asked if they would HOLD THAT POSE!

P1340772 MARIA PROFILE LIGHT AND SHADOW

Enrique - Light and Shadow

Enrique – Light and Shadow

P1620435 sunlight cevallos store late afternoon illimunation

Strong Afternoon Sunlight – Dec 23, 2012 – These two brothers wandered into the Cevallos’ corner store and paused just long enough for a photo!

See more samples of Illumination HERE at the WP Daily Post.

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