I love the glowing effect the rising sun rays give to these puffy clouds.
On a winter morning, I love how the sun rays do their best to shine through the fog and make the fall foliage turn gold.
The morning sunlight right after a night of rain has an interesting effect too. I love to capture that special light on raindrops.
We don’t get a lot of frost in San Diego and when we do, it starts to disappear as soon as the sun comes out and exposes its warm rays. So it’s a race against time to capture the frost in the sunlight before it melts.
The late afternoon sun in the winter can give a nice golden look to yellow leaves, and the scene looks even nicer if you can capture the moon in the background.
Finally I like how bright the sky can still be while everything on the ground is getting darker as the sun sets.
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.
There’s the light of the morning sun.
And the 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.
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!
And is there any happier light than the one created by Christmas lights?
A lot of the photos I take tend to be close-ups so there’s either no beyond or it’s out of focus. I did go back through all the photos I’ve posted on this website so far and there actually are a few photos that feature an interesting beyond, so here we go!
Since I’m showcasing several photos of beyond, I’ve decided to use the gallery feature. You can click on any image to view all of them in a slideshow format. I’ve used these photos in previous posts so I’ve left the original captions. This way, if you’d like to view the original post, just search for the caption text in my website’s Search box.
I present you…. beyond!
Sailboats out of the San Diego Bay
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon at Coronado Beach
Sunday Post: Natural Resources – water – Lake Hemet, California
Travel theme: through the forest
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – bright skies as the sun sets
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: the golden hour – fall foliage glows through the fog
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: horizon at Idyllwild Park, California
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: moon at the horizon
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a great day yesterday, filled with cheer, family and gifts of love. We had a wonderful time and spend most of the day playing with our new toys. I didn’t have much time playing with my new Bamboo Create drawing tablet but I’m a patient person and I can wait for a quiet moment to try it out.
Here are the two photos of this beautiful Christmas sunset I’d like to share with you. The pixelation is very limited and the colors are just gorgeous. Just look at this sunset photo and this is what you would have seen standing next to me.
Remember you can click on each photo to see a larger view of these sunsets.
I love winter sunsets (and winter sunrises). Besides the potential clouds, which make the sunset a lot more interesting, there’s something about the angle the sunlight shines through that makes the sunset colors bolder. And I love how light the sky is on the horizon, while it gets darker and darker up in the sky, all in one photo.
I know 2013 hasn’t started yet but I’m already thinking about my 2014 calendar photo choices. Do you think the first photo (in landscape format) should make it to my pile of potential picks?