Butterflies and Refraction – Weekly Photo Challenge; Vibrant Colors – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge
“Inside all of us is a light.”
Courtney M Privett
( 7 photos)
This week Kevin has asked us to post a photograph that illustrates refraction, or the effect created by light as it passes through an object. I chose the shot above, which I took a while ago from inside Charleston’s lovely City Hall. It shows a refraction effect both as the light passes through the wrought iron window onto the sill, and also in the distorted effect on the building’s facade on the windows across the street. But speaking of light, there was another related subject that caught my attention this week.
“You don’t find light by avoiding the darkness.”
S. Kelley Harrell
My timing was especially serendipitous in a walk along the path from my home to the ocean. There were literally blankets of yellow flowers (which I later determined were goldenrod, our state wildflower) adorning every inch – drawing beautiful Gulf Fritillary butterflies. The brilliance of these “Passion Butterflies” against the deep yellow of the flowers seemed a perfect fit for Cee’s challenge this week “Vibrant Colors”.
“Find the light. Reach for it. Live for it.”
Al R Young
I found myself following the delicate creatures with my lens, noting the difference from spot to spot as the butterflies’ wings caught the sunlight at different angles. It was a great reinforcement of the importance of light to photography. Often times we are drawn to specific subjects, only to be disappointed by the way they appear when captured. In many cases our results can be improved simply by moving to a new position, catching the light in a different way.
“Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile”
“Even coal shimmers in the light”
“When the heart is on fire, light comes from within.”
Clearly, the angle of light makes all the difference. So too, the platform so beautifully placed by mother nature on which the creatures feasted: