Finally, Some Beautiful Light!

Sago palm fronds, detail taken in my front garden as the early-afternoon light streamed in. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

Sago palm fronds, detail taken in my front garden as the early-afternoon light streamed in. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

It’s been raining for three solid weeks….day after day, afternoons full of dreary rain-soaked skies, nights full of lightning and booming thunder….it’s been relentless, and unusual for this time of year in south Louisiana. October is usually one of the most beautiful months of the year, crisp and clear, not surprising to have no rain at all. So it’s been really tough, day after day.

A young cypress tree frond blows in the wind as sparkling afternoon light filters through the trees in our front yard. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

A young cypress tree frond blows in the wind as sparkling afternoon light filters through the trees in our front yard. (Copyright 2009/Andrew Boyd)

I find it affects my mood, and my photography. Sometimes I’m in the mood for rain shooting, look forward to the opportunity, have ideas waiting to try in the rain. Other times, like now, the rain just makes me want to sit inside, read, and wait for the sun to reappear. It becomes a drag on everything I feel and do, a burden to be shouldered and carried about, like a constant bad mood….then finally, today, brilliant, beautiful sunlight!

A big northern cold front has blown in, the first of the season for us, and with it all of the rain and wetness and humidity have been blown away as well. The air is crystal clear, fresh, and wonderful to inhale. Time to pick up a camera and get out and about!

bamboo670px72dpi1I made a few photos in my front yard just now, simple photos really, just to play with the afternoon light and shadow. I love the intuitive play of composition, lighting, and exposure that this brings out in me. It’s good to be reminded of why we shoot, what it does for us, that feeling of immense satisfaction that time spent with camera in hand can bring.

Here’s hoping you have light that inspires you today!

selfport1aHi, I’m Andrew Boyd, a.k.a. The Discerning Photographer, and I hope this post has been interesting and informative. Please leave me a comment about it, let me know what you’d like to see more of on the site! You can also sign up for email delivery of all future articles or my RSS feed. Thanks!–DiscerningPhotog

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4 Comments on "Finally, Some Beautiful Light!"

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  1. christine says:

    Wow! you took pictures simple but really great and wonderful! Yhe, It is really true that Plants are often the most dynamic and colorful subjects in a photo. –You had a great talent in taking nice picture!
    post more pictures!=) Great work!

  2. Nice composition. Great shots.

  3. Eliza says:

    The palm leave photos are really nice, good perspective, they tell what what wanted to speak. listen to them. nature has always been speaking. put your eyes to listen.

    Elizabeth, @Ice Cream Maker Reviews

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