Let There Be Light

Light is the fundamental building block within photography. It can come from two sources either natural, primarily sunlight or by artificial means. This blog shows contains images of both of these methods and is for the #LetThereBeLight run by Urban Cottage Industries.

Natural Light

The Alps in the morning, taken from the village of Zermatt is a wonderful example of the early morning sunrise.

Sunrise over the mountains from Zermatt ©2018 Amanda Goldston


As the sun hits the snow covered mountain peaks a mist appears as a cloak attempting to obscure the view but in turn provide a sense of drama. The sunlight pierces the mist as a knife through paper to lighten up the scene, the light kissing the tops of the mountains which are still able to protrude above the veil.  During our stay this image was repeated on numerous occasions to greet partially open sleepy eyes.

In photography, there is much talk about the golden hours. This occurs twice a day, first when the sun ascends over the horizon to bring light into a new day. The other, when the long shadows of the evening disappear as the sun retires to allow the night time to take its rightful place in the heavens, until that time the cycle is repeated.

The sun is low in the sky at these times and under the right conditions produce a picturesque pink to crimson glow. The peaks of the snow covered mountains become a wonderful red tinted cover, a very slight tint is in the image. Due to the longitudinal direction of Zermatt, this is more pronounced in the evening but does not detract from the image captured above.

Artificial Light

Artificial light can take many forms, either man made or by a number of creatures creating their own internal light source. The Pooley Wheel is an example of light by torch.

Pooley Wheel ©2018 Amanda Goldston

With beautiful, clear, dark skies due to the absence of the moon that evening, I went to Pooley Country Park to take star trails with long shutter speeds, which were only possible due to the stillness in the air.  The old mine drive wheel, painted in numerous colours is near to the car park, which was pitch black. Setting up my tripod, putting the camera onto blub (this allows for the longer shutter speeds) and a remote, I took this image using a 90 second exposure.

Leaving the camera to capture the image, I walked over to the wheel shining a torch on the different elements of the wheel. The wheel itself was invisible in its pitch black surroundings but the torch provided illumination caressing the spokes with light.

As I kept moving in front of the lens, my image was not captured, almost like a ghost where you feel the presence but not able to be seen. As the torch only shines on parts of the structure you never know what the image you have until after the exposure is completed.

Lighting by torch not only allows for the invisible to be visible but allows for the night sky also to be captured in one image.

Whether natural or artificial, light is essential to Photography.

Thank you Urban Cottage Industries for this fabulous #LetThereBeLight Competition.



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