Dances with Light
As Photographers we are constantly in search of realizing our vision and inspirations through the media of digital/film imagining. Once we set forth, we then attempt to craft this vision using our tools at hand and with the light which is available. After all, the definition of Photography is the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy on a sensitive surface such as film or a CCD (Charge Coupled Device, or Sensor). Sometimes we need to create our own lighting conditions to augment what nature has gifted us with for that moment in time or we use multiple exposures to gather more light than what the sensor can handle in one shot and later combine the images into one, closer mimicking what our eyes can perceive. The Greek definition of Photography is “Painting with Light” – I think this is astute and very appropriate when we begin to use studio lighting. Arguably, our most versatile light source still remain The Sun – it arrives on the job on a regular basis and so far, has not been late to work! Nature is so powerful that capturing its essence is not easy (people, places or things). Our work as Photographers become a dance with light….it takes us to a place within ourselves.
This shot was taken in Pacific Beach, California. We had just completed a shoot underneath the magnificent Crystal Pier as the sun was setting, some long exposures for smooth seas, HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging to bring the shadows to light, and began to pack up our gear. Walking along the beach, I noticed some Kelp that seemed to have a light of its own. Three shots were taken at different exposure values to grab all the light as the sun was setting (Equipment: Nikon D90, 10-20mm, Tripod, Remote shutter release) – in this case it was the sun that was doing the painting with light, our job was just to bring it to you!
PS One of our visitors asked how we managed to get almost everything in focus. Here is an article about Understanding your Camera’s Hyperfocal Distance