“Grounded Sunlight”

“Grounded Sunlight”

“Shafts of delicious sunlight struck down onto the forest floor and overhead you could see a blue sky between the tree tops.” 
― C.S. Lewis

Light does some amazing things. As a photographer, light is everything and my eyes are quite tuned to the unique characteristics of light. Anything out of the ordinary resonates with me and automatically draws me to it.

This was the case on a hot and rainy hike this past weekend. Despite the rain, sunlight regularly broke through and the effects were often magical.

In this scene, the sun caught a patch of undergrowth whose leaves had turned yellow from our recent drought. It’s like the sun saying, “Wake up!” or simply pulling me towards this patch of ground to spend more time considering it. Which I did, as I was curious about the early colour change among the canopy of deep summer greens. What was not apparent to me at the time was just how much of this golden light reflected back up to bathe the bases of the trees. This effect hows up nicely in the photo.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm
1/4 sec, f/11.0, ISO 400

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4 Comments on ““Grounded Sunlight”

  1. Reflected light often adds its unique element.
    It’s one of the more difficult things to capture and express in painting.
    I found my experience at this study (painting) improved my awareness of the effects, including those present in photographic subjects.


  2. Pingback: “Fence-row Foliage” | Ed Lehming Photography

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