Monday, January 16, 2012
While we were visiting Megan's parents in Maine this past holiday season, I did what I always do there- I take plenty of photographs. Since I've been going there five years now, I have to make a conscious effort to find new images. It's SO easy to just take the same pictures year after year.
One late afternoon, just as the sun was dropping, I decided to walk through the woods surrounding their home.. The dominant trees of this particular area are balsam fir, white pine, hemlock, red oak and yellow birch. Even though the light was really great, I couldn't find a subject that was interesting enough to my eye. I then turned around, and noticed the small but specatular patches of light where the setting sun came through the forest. I used my telephoto lens to single out these areas of reflected and refracted light, shooting straight into the sun. Making sure I didn't look through the camera at the sun, I snapped several images that I was really happy with. I've never quite made this type of photograph before here, but I am really pleased with these. Yes, there are plenty of lens flare, normally considered a "problem", but to me, the technical flaws are what makes these images interesting.
No matter what you're doing, be it looking for rare plants, searching for wildlife, or photographing the natural world, take time to look at things a different way- you never know what you might find.