Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Quality of Light

Lots of people ask me what I'm looking for when it comes to wilderness photography. Sweeping landscapes, a nice foreground, leading lines, textures, details, colors... yes... all of those. But most importantly, I'm looking for a quality of light. That evening light that touches the top of the mountain and turns it to gold; beams of light streaming through heavy storm clouds; pink and orange sunrises, reflected light bouncing from one canyon wall to another. That's what makes the photo.

Everything else can be right - perfect - but if the light isn't right, I don't shoot.

I'd rather have one shot with perfect light than 100 without it. It's ALL about the light.

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Anonymous Daniel said...

That shot with the rainbow is spectacular! Nice series here.

Daniel

January 12, 2009 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Daniel. "Arches" has been one of my most popular photos. I was thrilled to get such a spectacular sky on our second trip to Delicate Arch. I'm glad you enjoyed the set.

Thanks for commenting!
Varina

January 12, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

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