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.