BacklitPosted: February 6, 2013
We’re in charge of our photo adventures. Adventure means taking a different path. It can mean getting down on the ground for a really low angle shot, or photographing not the entire flower but a backlit petal.
~ Eddie Soloway
Today’s Capture Your 365 Challenge is Backlit. I had a little struggle with this one as it’s not something I do very often. That was one of the reasons I decided to take on some of the prompts. For the challenge (and the fun of the challenge).
When I got up this morning, I wasn’t sure I would be able to meet this challenge. Without sunlight, backlit is hard to do (just as the prompt “shadow” gave me trouble a few days ago). It dawned on me that one of the reasons I give up on photo challenges is because anything requiring bright light in February is usually impossible for me to do. This is a gray, gray month, heavy with cloud cover.
Not today! Today the clouds cleared and the sun appeared. It was a bit too high in the sky for what I hoped to do, but I was so glad to see the sunlight that it didn’t matter. I’d shoot for silhouettes.
I stayed out for a while, doing my own version of winter sunbathing. The neighbors probably wondered what that crazy lady with the camera was doing, standing in the meadow, head raised towards the sun. I was manufacturing Vitamin D. And basking in the light and warmth.
No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.
~ Paulo Coelho
I’m not sure I got the backlit idea quite right, but I did give it a good try.
I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the sunlight in other ways. After all, it won’t be here for very long. The clouds and snow will return tomorrow and Friday.
That should do it from me and from the Bogs for today. I’m heading back outside to absorb some more light before the sun sets. Feel free to join me out in the Future Woods. It’s the best place to catch full sun this time of year. You’ll also find the best view of the sunset there.
Thank you for visiting. Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. :)
In the ultimate stillness
Light penetrates the whole realm;
In the still illumination,
There pervades pure emptiness.
When I look back on the
Everything is just
Like a dream.
~ Han-shan Te-Ch’ing