Welcome to the 19th episode in the on-going saga of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Last week’s roll-up of all the curves showcased some amazing photography, and was a tribute to all the creativity that runs rampant in you wonderful readers!
This week I wanted something a little different from what we’ve done before, in how we deal with a quintessential component of photography: Light.
As you well know, there is no image for us to capture without light, unless we’re looking to present a pure black canvas. We use light, and shadow, to compose a scene for the viewer, and often fall into a familiar pattern, where we avoid bright spots of light falling onto our film, be it digital or analog. What I’m asking you to do this week, is that you use light to create bright elements, such as specular highlights or small reflective spots, in your composition to add to the quality of the image.
You’ll notice that these spots will draw the attention of the viewer to those areas of the image; you’ll want to use the spots to lead the viewer’s eye to your subject. Too large a bright spot will not allow the eye to escape from the area and be led. Be cautious and don’t overdo it, but also don’t be bashful!
Here’s an image that I captured at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
This image has a bit of a different look, as I used a zone-plate lens, which causes subtle diffraction patterns, thus providing a very soft focus and dream-like quality.
Go play with light, find some reflections, bright little spots filtering through leaves, or whatever catches your eye, and, most of all, have fun!!!
For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:
- Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
- Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
- Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
- Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
I expect this challenge to provide some interesting imagery, as light is essential to our existence!
This image was captured with a Canon 5D MkIII using a Lensbaby zone-plate lens. This lens has a fixed f-stop of f/19 and was used at 1/160 second and 400 ISO.