The Gift – WPC
“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”
Jen has asked us to tell a story with our captures this week and for me it’s an opportunity to share a recent nature photography experience. In the shot above I’ve captured a friend standing in a disappearing sandbar during a shoot earlier this week.
“Light is precious in a world so dark.”
For the better part of 90 minutes, we shot landscapes in a grey, flat sky covered in clouds that showed no sign of clearing. I crossed a deep stream, wet to the tops of my calves and covered in sand, to capture a flock of birds on the other side.
“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
We found ourselves shooting textures in the sand, scenes that lent themselves to B&W post-processing, monochromatic birds and any other subjects that might translate into something interesting without being lit by the stubbornly non-existent sun. Suddenly and with absolutely no warning, there came an unexpected break in the clouds and an incredible light burst through for a very brief moment.
“What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us.”
When the light appeared the landscape became glorious in every direction. The grasses were greener, the water bluer, and the sand grew positively luminous. The moral of the story is – never give up. Work the scenes you’re given and be ready (and appreciative) if the gift of a few perfect moments should come along.
Many photographers can create nice images in good light. For me, it’s what we do with bad light that offers a more interesting challenge 🙂. Here then, a few of my “creations” from the earlier part of the day.
“You can make it dark, but I can’t make it light.”
“Every day you play with the light of the universe.”
“If darkness surrounds you, look for the light.”
Ann Marie Aguilar
Last but not least, a capture of the sun’s final moment before the clouds closed back in.
“We must bring our own light to the darkness.”
Here’s to the gift of light in moments of darkness – may we all appreciate both for the lessons they bring.
NOTE: For the photographers among us, I took advantage of the outing as an opportunity to compare Fuji vs Nikon, shooting duplicate photos with the two cameras. I’m happy to report the Fuji held its own despite the use of an 18-55mm kit lens vs Nikon’s legendary 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, an unfair comparison indeed.