Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Written, Inc. Thematic Photographic 162 -- Playing With Light

Thematic Photographic this week is "Playing with Light".  Tricky, Carmi admits, because what is photography if not playing with light? Well, Carmi, I'm going to take you down memory lane for a look at light itself playing with our imaginations.  Remember this?  It was my first entry in your very first Thematic Photographic....

 This mirror image on our driveway was unlike any reflection I had ever seen.  It was created by the sun shining on the tailgate of my Chevrolet Avalanche and throwing off this image into the shadow of the garage. Amazing!

 It lasted only a few minutes and I haven't seen anything like it since.

 Now here is a photo of how we play with artificial light for artistic effect, not just illumination.  This is from a stage production here in Branson.  As close as we were sitting, and as fast as the burst is on my camera, the dancers are a blur.  A trick to freezing action is to be as much in the light as the subjects --- but then I wouldn't have captured the arrangement of spotlights -- and the dancers were spinning very quickly :-).

And here is one more piece that I really like.  The depths of water carry light just so far, but the distance the light penetrates allows for magical illumination of creatures we might never get a chance to see.  This photo was taken at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  The aquarium there has a walk-thru tunnel putting us in the midst of sharks, manta rays, and hundreds of other sea life.  I nearly expected this school of fish to spell out "Nemo" with their synchronized swimming!

Now, this is just a sampling of my favorite "playing with light" photos. Like many photographers I have hundreds if not thousands of shots of light.  Gotta love this pasttime-hobby-career-addiction!

Thanks for stopping by for another fun Thematic Photographic.  Hop on over to Written, Inc. to see Carmi's inspiration and the participants' take on the theme.  You won't be disappointed!

1 comment:

Carmi said...

Talk about a blast from the past! Isn't it great how work from our archives always finds a way to pop back us and touch us in new ways?

I'm struck by the transience of all of these pictures, the blink-and-it's-gone feeling, and the fact that you had the excellent timing to grab them while you could.

Most others wouldn't have the foresight. Then again, you're not remotely a "most other" kind of photographer :)

Hey, is that an HHR next to the Avalanche? Another blast-from-the-past connection, as it's styled as an homage to the 1949 Chevy Suburban.