“The Edge of Shadows”

“I stand on the edge, that place between light and shadow, where the darkness prevails and light is mere steps away. I choose the light.” – Ed Lehming

I have stood in this place many times. It’s a place of transition, the place where thick forest opens into a bright meadow. As you approach this place, even on the dullest day, there is always a strong contrast between the forest and the field, the light is significantly different and always brighter.

The camera does some interesting things with this light. Actually, it’s the human eye that does the interesting thing, the camera merely captures what it sees, unadjusted. The human eye rapidly fills in missing information, bringing light and textures to the deep shadow that the camera simply sees as darkness. Our eyesight rapidly compensates and tries to give us as a complete a picture as possible.

Seeing through my camera has cased me to pause on more than a few occasions, where, despite adjusting camera settings and composition, I can never get quite what my eyes see, though I can often get very close. In some cases, like this one, the camera view is a bit more interesting and dramatic.

I do like these times. When I have a comparison point, it makes me consider what I see, or think I see in new ways.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 70 mm
1/4 sec, f/10, ISO 200

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