Lens-Artists Challenge #138 – Natural Light

storm, kiawah island, fisherman, dock

“A painter works with color as the medium, a photographer works with light.”

Carlotta M. Corpron

Amy’s Natural Light challenge is sure to deliver a treasure trove of sunrises and sunsets, all beautiful in their presentation of nature’s gifts. I’ve chosen to illustrate the light a bit differently this week. I’ve opened with a stormy sky captured on my iPhone one Kiawah afternoon. The storm was about to erupt and a fisherman was scurrying off the dock to reach safety. The deep color of the clouds was broken in places by the last remaining rays of sunlight peeking through. Nature at its best.

Bryce Canyon, hoodoos, clouds, light

“It takes darkness to be aware of the light.”

Treasure Tatum

The dramatic light shining in the image above captures the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah. It followed a violent storm, the remains of which can be seen in the clouds above the canyon. My husband and I dashed to and remained in our car while the storm raged. Returning to the canyon when it abated we found ourselves alone with this amazing scene, as any other visitors had long departed.

double rainbow, light, storm, clouds

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and light to conquer it.”

Amit Ray

Not unlike our experience in Bryce Canyon, the red beaches of Prince Edward Island in Canada were made that much more beautiful by the light which followed a storm. There, a double rainbow appeared to further embellish the landscape.


“Let the starlight shine upon you, let it lead you to your peace.”

Victoria Moschou

Not all light is found between sunrise and sunset. Some of the most beautiful light can be found in the twinkling of the stars after the sun has set. My capture above was made at just such a time, when the stars were bright in the night sky over the ocean. Even on a slightly cloudy night, such as the one in my image, the stars can still shine brilliantly.

flower, bokeh

“O Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on earth.”

Roman Payne

For photographers, the world is filled with amazing subjects just waiting to be captured. While the glories of sunrise and sunset present us with wonderful opportunities, there are many other ways to see and show the light. Both the previous and the following images are examples of simple subjects that, when captured in the right light, become quite special. Above, a beautiful bokeh was created by light on the water beyond the flower, while below, the sinking sun created a lovely backlight on the coneflowers. Yes, they’d seen better days but were still exquisite. How fortunate are we to be able to see, save and share those little moments of delight?!


“A photograph is your vision, held together by light.”

Steve Coleman

Sincere thanks for your wonderful responses to Ann-Christine’s SOFT challenge, which showed us how very many kinds of softness there are! Thanks also to Amy, for pushing us this week toward the light. We look forward to seeing your adventures with light, wherever they may be. Please remember to link to her original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag. I’ll be back to lead next week’s challenge right here on Travels and Trifles. We hope you’ll join me then and in the meanwhile will continue to stay safe and be kind.


169 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #138 – Natural Light

  1. Great captures, with some great quotes! The Canyon looks magnificent ..charmed me completely all the way! Double delight to watch the twin rainbows, and the stars speaks volumes. What an escapade with bountiful nature – lights and colors. Truly amazed!

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  4. Many wonderful images representing light of all kinds. I could get lost in any number of them. Are any of these images printed and hanging on your wall?

    • Thanks for that lovely comment Marlene. No, I’ve not framed any of these. No walls left LOL. I do have a few others framed but not many. That’s one of the reasons I like blogging. An opportunity to feature some of my favorites 😊

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  6. your photos are all beautiful, Tina. i love them all, i can’t pick a favorite but i lingered at the starry, starry night! it looks magical! appreciate your sharing them! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by Wilma, it was a fun learning experience shooting the stars that night. We’re fortunate the there is very little conflicting ambient light here at the beach.

      • Storms do that. We are supposedly having one right now. It’s almost midnight, so I’m not going outside. Neither of us felt like a walk today. I’m ready for spring! πŸ™‚

      • Fortunately it seems spring has finally arrived in our corner of the world (although I hope Im not jinxing us!) 74 and sunny today. Feels like heaven! Hang in there, it’s on its way 😊

      • Yes, that sounds like heaven. And when the hot muggy summers come, feel free to come visit us. I’ve been in your neck of the woods in August. πŸ™‚

  7. The light makes all the difference, doesn’t it. Your first quote crystallizes my quest for the “right light.” Your images are really gorgeous – the sunset and the starry night – wow! The final two are my favorite kind of captures – when the light is at that angle. πŸ™‚

  8. Tina these r all FANTASTIC…but i must share that i can’t take my eyes off of ‘ pretty in pink’. It just draws me in…..not to mention that capturing light seems to be a challenging task …at least for me!!!

  9. I love your post this week, and, although I’ve tried to select one photo I like best, I just can’t. At first, I thought it was the sky in the first one — I love clouds, varying colors and shades, and the patterns of all that together. But who doesn’t like a rainbow? or the delicate light on the coneflowers forming that much-desired fuzzy effect in the background — bokeh. Nicely done, as always, but there’s not one clear winner here. They’re all winners.

  10. As always, your photos are breathtaking. The first one and starry, starry, night look like pieces of art. You are definitely a person who needs one of those digital picture frames that rotates so you can enjoy a lot of your photos on a daily basis. πŸ™‚

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