I was packing up recently to leave my cozy hotel room in Escalante, Utah, when suddenly I saw this great chair and shadow. The warm Autumn sun struck the adobe-colored stucco walls and added such a richness to the scene.
I was trying to get out of “Dodge” in a hurry, so I first grabbed the Canon G9 and made a few pictures, but it wasn’t enough. I had to have this on the larger, more ‘serious’ camera. So packing the car had to wait while I set up the tripod and found just the angle I wanted.
I’ve had many times like this where the light is what really made the picture - not the subject, necessarily, but the light and the way it defined the subject. The pictures below are other examples of how the light defined the moment for me.
Sometimes, it’s the graphics, the contrast, that defines the picture. Other times, it’s the way we are drawn to the light.
Whatever it is, it is magic when it happens, and I just say “YES!” and press the shutter release.
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