Todays assortment of images reflect my response to Otto Munchow’s post, “Let the Sun In.” A gifted photographer and teacher, Otto stated, “Light is one of the most important factors that influence the quality of a photo.” He followed with, “There is no such thing as bad light, only suitable or not suitable light for whatever you are trying to express. ” His post offers pointers for photographing in the harsh mid-day light.
As I read his post, I thought of the ‘Plant Rescue Garden’ (pictured above) at my friends’ property in the cloud forest near Mindo. During certain hours, the sun stretches its fingers into the deep shadowed area and showcases several of the plants. The light is very dramatic, and I almost always reach for my camera and try to capture what makes it so special. Just how many photos does one need of the happily-transplanted bromeliads, begonias and orchids? For me, they serve as reference photos for those rainy days when I’m housebound and looking for inspiration for paintings.
When back at my main computer, I will look for photos taken around noon; until then, here are more photos that were inspired by dramatic light during other times of the day.
I noted the motorcycle shadows as I passed the closed Palo Santo Cafe. Half a block later, I backtracked and returned to photograph the shadows. That night while sitting at the cafe, the owner’s brother came in and said, “Leee-sah! I have something to show you!” Fernando turned on his phone and showed me a photo he took of me photographing the shadows! Of course, I turned on my camera and showed him the images!
Enjoy Otto’s pointers about light here: Let the Sun In. then scroll back thru his posts for his recent updates on his recent visit to Cuba.
With so much sadness tainting our world, and with cold weather advancing in many areas, here’s Sheryl Crow showcasing the sun:
(I don’t miss below-freezing temperatures, Black Friday and the shopping frenzies of December!) Pardon me while I step back into the sunlight!
Embrace the day and keep your eye on the light and shadows! Z