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.



Anonymous Daniel said...

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


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!

January 12, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

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