photography from the ground up

Chasing The Glow

Photography is greek for painting with light. So, it follows that any kind of light should be fair game. Right? I have never been a shoot-into-the-light kind of guy, but sometimes all it takes is for a scene to jump out and dare me not to capture it. Such was the case with this image of Jemez Pueblo. The distant mesa and buttes were backlit by the evening sun and the cottonwoods in the middle-distance were glowing . The ephemeral balance this created was too good to pass up. What I am trying to say is that if you can successfully overcome your biases, you may find a powerful new way to express your creativity.


The second image is of a scene I pass every day as I drive home. But, on this particular day, the light was exceptional ; the atmospheric conditions created the perfect backdrop, the trees and grasses along the river were aglow and in full regalia. It was as if the entire landscape was shouting “Look at me, look at me”. An everyday, commonplace view had been transformed by the nuances of the light.


In both cases, I could easily have kept driving and missed the opportunity to make these photographs. It is at times such as these that I need to give myself a little shove, to overcome inertia and see what I can see. If I had not taken the time to capture these images under these conditions, the magic would have been lost and the same scenes would not have had the same impact the next time I saw them.

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7 responses

  1. nova0000scotia

    beautiful share


    November 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

  2. Playing with the light.magnificient result


    November 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Rosevoc2's Blog.


    November 17, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  4. I really like both of these photos so much, Jim; and thank you for the gentle reminder of overcoming inertia. 🙂


    November 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

  5. good perspective in the river.


    November 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

  6. dee's fantasy

    both pictures are great 🙂 thanks for sharing..


    November 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  7. Beautiful Jim, sometimes the light just draws you in and you must stop and take in the moment. Even if you hadn’t had your camera I hope you’d have stopped for an “eye-photo”! Beautifully captured.


    December 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

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