“Caught in the Light”

“The sun caught the remaining crimson leaves of the blackberry bush, reflecting it like a bright red beacon in the shadows.” – Ed Lehming

It’s a fairly common occurrence, this time of year, to see a bright splash of colour caught in the sun. With the many beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds combined with the low, soft sunlight, these colours show up in strong contrast to the darker background of the forest.

I’ve enjoyed observing and photographing these moments, as the light permits me. Sometimes its a challenge to compose this type of shot because the sun has to be in the right position to really make the plant glow or stand out from the background. Often the ideal angle for composition is not the ideal angle for capturing the light properly or effectively. It takes a bit of ‘moving around’ to balance composition, light, and subject optimally. Often the photo turns out as less than expected.

For this image all the elements came together with a bit of effort. To get the light just right I had to squat down low which accounts for the few pale blue splashes of sky in the background. I never was able to get the entire plant into the light as shadows from the scant canopy above kept landing on parts of the leaves. After a few attempts, this was the best one; a lovely blackberry plant in its final show of the year. At first I was looking for a fully intact plant, minus the partially eaten leaves, but that is the nature of this time of year, it’s a winding down. It’s still beautiful and bright, despite it’s flaws.

I walked past this spot yesterday and all the leaves had fallen, leaving only a thorny stem as an indication of where it once stood.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/250, f/2.8, ISO 200

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