Travel theme: Light

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “light”. Enjoy my photos and remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

When taking photos, light is your best friend. It can also be your best enemy. Capturing the light the right way can make for a good or a not so good picture. I love using sunlight as much as I can to compose my photos, for example with this lemon.

Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon
Travel theme: Light shining on a lemon

There’s the light of the morning sun.

Travel theme: Light on the rising sun
Travel theme: Light on the rising sun

And the light of the setting sun.

Travel theme: Light of the setting sun
Travel theme: Light of the setting sun

Of course, light isn’t always natural, and we’re surrounded by plenty of artificial light. Here’s plenty of light from this glass chandelier in the lobby of the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.

Travel theme: Light of a chandelier
Travel theme: Light of a chandelier

And then, there’s the moon. Of course, the moon doesn’t produce light but only reflects it, and a full moon can reflect a lot of light!

Travel theme: Light - full moon
Travel theme: Light – full moon

And is there any happier light than the one created by Christmas lights?

Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights
Travel theme: Light of Christmas lights

When life gives you lemons

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When life gives you lemons, you take plenty of pictures of them! I recently showed you some pictures I took of lemons and oranges in the summer light, but lemons can be just as beautiful on a rainy day.

I picked the photo of a lemon to represent November in my 2013 photo calendar and I wanted to share some other photos I took on the same day. Gray and rainy days are often a disappointment when you’d planned to take pictures on that day. Sometimes you just have to look past the wet grayness to see the beauty. Raindrops can make a great addition to your subject and a grey cloudy sky can be used as an nice, even background for contrast. And the filtered light can be your friend if you use it well.

Let’s start with the photo from my 2013 calendar:

Photo of a lemon on a rainy day
Photo of a lemon on a rainy day

Here’s another lemon, this time with the lemon tree leaves as the background:

Wet lemon on a lemon tree
Wet lemon on a lemon tree

Here’s a close-up of a wet lemon. I should have used the flash for this one…

Close-up of a wet lemon
Close-up of a wet lemon

And here are three wet lemons in a row. I love it! My only regret is, the lemon on the right is not completely in focus. Better luck next time!

Three wet lemons on the tree
Three wet lemons on the tree

My 2013 calendar pick for November: a lemon in the rain

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View all of the pictures I selected for my 2013 photo calendar.

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Unless you’re from California or Florida, you may not know May and November are the prime harvest months for citrus. Since I wanted my 2013 photo calendar to have a definite local flavor, I chose a photo I actually took last November of a lemon tree.

It happened to be a rainy day and I wanted to capture the rain drops on the lemons. The gray sky allowed some sunlight to filter through, offering a great neutral background. The sky looks almost white and allows the lemon to stand out. You can click on the lemon photo for a larger view. What do you think of it?

My 2013 calendar pick for November: a lemon in the rain
My 2013 calendar pick for November: a lemon in the rain

Lemons and oranges

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I love photographing fruit, especially when it’s ripe on the tree. The more colorful, the better, especially with a nice background.

A few months ago, I spent a little time taking pictures of lemons and oranges. Here’s what a ripe lemon looks like in the California sun and a beautiful blue sky as the background.

California lemon photo
California lemon photo

I’m not as pleased with the photo of the oranges I took but I think this one came out OK. This orange looks nice and ripe, ready to eat!

California orange photo
California orange photo