It’s still about the light

Boat Night In
Boat Night In by I Nancy, on Flickr

I was listening to Scott Bourne’s Photofocus podcast today and one of the questions went roughly like this: “When heading to a new place, how do you figure out where to shoot?”. And Scott’s answer, in typical Scott pithiness, was to follow the light – “In good light, you can take a picture of a fire hydrant in Barcelona and convince people to go there.”

So here is this old sad fishing boat in Morro Bay. The evening light was falling with just a few rays left to help highlight this ol ‘gal.

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Where is the Light?

Good Morning
Good Morning by I Nancy, on Flickr

Your at a location and your mind is running through its paces. You are asking yourself questions. What is the location telling you? What do you want to concentrate on? What lens should you chose? What camera settings are you going to choose? Where is the light? – Where IS the light?

Here I was shooting predawn at the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse area just above San Simeon. At some point I turn around and BAM!, there was the light. A beautiful light – skimming across the glass lands and lighting up the wildflowers like evening sparklers. I was shooting long and recorded the lines and colors and undulating fields as well as the muted foothills in the background.