Seeing light

I had the intention to write about something else, now coming back from the end of the year season, but the light in the morning was just beautiful and I decided to write about light 🙂

Garching 1100 years - Light cubes sculptures (photo: Cris da Rocha)

Garching 1100 years – Light cubes sculptures (photo: Cris da Rocha)

Yes! I was taking my kids to school in a rainy morning (no snow yet around here), very blue, but the horizon was clear and this blue-hour light gradient was just beautiful! The beauty/curse of the winter around here is a sunrise around 8:00 🙂

After that, driving to work this narrow strip of light, between the horizon and the clouds just look wonderful in the buildings, including a full rainbow, due to the light shower over the city. Driving with no camera at hand (not a good one), all I could do was to appreciate the light. Actually it was not a photographic scene, it was just beautiful light. This got me thinking about light for a while.

One thing I noticed since I came back to photography was that I started to appreciate light. It’s kind of obvious and necessary. I think is Joe McNally that says you should always study the light, even when not shooting. I really like looking at light and seeing what it does and how it looks. I still need to work A LOT to put all this light in an image, but I’m in the process, slowly by steadily.

This appreciation of light is something you loose if you don’t work on it. For years I simply didn’t care about it. As a young teenager I remember observing the light, maybe this “observer” inside of my was what drove me to a scientific career, but then life gets on the way and you start focusing on the immediate needs and forget about the little things. An image I have in my memory was a visit to a Gothic church when I was 13 or 14 years old, and I was hypnotized by a single stream of sunlight coming from the root of this huge dark church and the dust like glittering in the stream. I’ll come back to this place someday to shoot this image.


About Cris Da Rocha

Astrophysicist, DB manager, cyclist, musician and, why not, "photographer to be". Back to enjoy photography after many years ... it's cool. Might share something nice and get something new.
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