"And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day"
I thought of this passage when I took this photo at Hicks Lake the other day. As some on trek may already know backlighting is one of my favorite approaches to photography. That is perhaps photography is in its purest sense capturing light.
You can see just above the tree where the sunlight is shining. What I liked about this photo is that the details across the lake came through. Because there are few details in this frame the main feature is the lighting itself.
The workshop shows the original photo before cropping. I have already posted a photo of this tree in March. You can also see the profound difference angle of lighting makes at the same location.
Backlighting can be a challenge but the results are always worth the effort. You will find more illustrations in my gallery when you open this photo and this one too.
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Dari (24) 2006-05-19 12:15
good evening, Paul. You know how to play with light and it is real pleasure to look at this photo. it was interesting to look also at works on which you made references. hmm....ground looks great, very real, like i'm standing there and enjoying sun warmness and fresh air. Very good photo, just can't stop to look at this ground.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-05-19 12:24
Hi Paul - nice and simple, the backlighting has brought ot attractive greens in the vegetation and enhanced the textures ibn the rock, good work.
clickrick (385) 2006-05-19 12:26
I also like the way that the backlighting highlighted the irregularities in the foreground rocks and added lots of texture to the shot.
wkshelton (0) 2006-05-19 12:58
Hi paul, Juat an incredible shot, pefct colors, BG, DOF, sarpness is reall crsip, Great work, TFS Kyle
bantonbuju (51765) 2006-05-19 13:35
interesting, paul, that such a "drastic" cut resulting in a tight framing created a nice study of light; i think it is a good work, very enjoyable;
best wishes, j.
rafelito (3648) 2006-05-19 14:16
Hi Paul, The deep in this shot is excellent, I like backlighting too.Wonderful contrast and frame.Many regards, Rafael
larevedere (1259) 2006-05-19 14:17
Incredible photo... the light is slightly beautiful! And the note is very interesting with included a part of Bible...
Best regards and TFS
KevRyan (22952) 2006-05-19 18:01
This is such an interesting shot Paul - the subtleties of the background across the lake are wonderful and against the illumination and shadow of the foreground detail create such a wonderful play of the effects of light as you say - I can see how it becomes the main subject easily!
best wishes Kev
weswang (18223) 2006-05-19 19:28
Hi Paul, Another challenging against sunlight picture. I like the contrast you have managed to get with clear foreground subjects and the faded view of the background mountain and the reflections to the lake. You have shown your well mastered photographing technique in this picture. Well done.
singuanti (15250) 2006-05-19 23:01
Hi Paul. You could also call this one Backlighting 101! You did great in PP to get the improvement from the original. I think the cropping helped a lot too. Congrats on this one Paul.
Ann75 (0) 2006-05-20 0:32
Now this is an amazing shot. I love the surreal effect of the sunlight in this photo creating a sunlit foreground and a mysterious background. The way this photo reveals the lake and the reflections in it is beautiful and so well captured! Great composition, stunning colour combinations and amazing use of light! Fantastic work, Paul!
PS: Enjoy the long weekend (unfortunately I am working all 3 days)...Oh well, that's how it goes.
jjcordier (72530) 2006-05-20 1:14
Ce contrejour bien maitrisé sublime ce paysage. Belle photo
feather (51130) 2006-05-20 6:19
You're so right; the light is certainly the star here. (in more ways than one - reference your note)I love the gleam on the leaves and the way the texture is shown up on the rocks.
Paolo (41222) 2006-05-20 8:28
Hi Paul, amazing shot. the light of the sun was really amazing and you well captured it.
excellent POV and good tones of colours on the forest and on the lake.
fayeulle (27827) 2006-05-20 10:57
Backlight is very difficult for me and I avoid it most of time. You are a specialist of this and I can see here a good shot. The crop was a good idea to clean the too small and without interest, milky sky. Despite the theme of this shot, I think the contrast should be reduced again. I made a workshop to show you may idea. I hope you like it.
rosaline (0) 2006-05-20 11:26
Great capture of the morning light here. I like the soft colours and tones, the good side angle of the light and the way you have just cropped out the sun on the top left. Great work.
MarekP (4750) 2006-05-20 18:33
If you hadn't said about it and hadn't shown it on the other photo, I wouldn't know there is a lake here. And this is exactly what I like in this shot -- you have separated background from foreground and employed our imagination to guess, what's hiddent behing the rock. This is very creative and not so usual way of using backlighting I think. Very well done.
sun_web (665) 2006-05-20 19:15
Excellent shot! Good light that gives me a feeling of Sunlight touching my skin! Good note as well, welldone, congratulations.
cam (9041) 2006-05-20 21:26
You have sun at your place,you do not know how lucky you are.
You have captured an excellent mood,the light is wonderful.But I especially like the misty look of the other shore and its reflexion.
A place of calm and meditation.
Have a nice day.
AandK (1832) 2006-05-21 7:43
I always enjoy your notes but soemtimes I find myself lost in a bunch of links not knowing were I actually started.
Concerning the picture it is impressive that there are details on the opposite side, as you already mentioned in your note. Was the exposure chosen manually or was this great job done by the EOS?
Looks so great how the light shines through the leaves and illuminates the needles. The low angle of the light gives incredible detail to the rock in foreground. Concerning the lighting your shot could be used in some book on photography in the chapter "backlighting"!
kclai (2267) 2006-05-22 3:52
Beautifully rendered image and text.
The exposure value are just too good, giving the image the level of clarity and shaprness good.
Cheers and good day, Paul.
macondo (18551) 2006-05-22 10:08
A superb shot, no doubt about it. The light in this one is superb. You did very well with the cropping and sharpening, but it's not overdone. It has a great sense depth, yet is very tranquil with those muted reflections in the lake.
danyy (0) 2006-05-22 15:13
un conte jour que tu as bien négocié en cadrant assez bas. C'est interessant de de trouver sur le chemin des ombres.
J'aime ces lumières hors du commun, une ambiance vraiment spéciale.
Regards from Belgium.
danielswalsh (13593) 2006-05-23 2:10
Sorry for not stopping by in a while. I've been really tied up recently, with just enough time to post (not critique).
I can see here that you've been working on your frames?
A good composition, and sharpness- and I like the low lighting; but I have to be honest, I wish there was a bit more detail in the background. I have to wonder if maybe a filter could have helped in toning down the brightness & possibly allowing a bit better exposure for the background.
- Just my personal opinion.
All the best,
aloyho (6798) 2006-05-23 2:15
A brilliant back lighting shot and the careful selection of the scene and the soft background makes it very effective. The passage comes in beautifully and I guess that's another exciting part of photography. Congratulations!! All the best.
riclopes (35577) 2006-05-23 3:28
This is a very sucessful one within your purpose of catching a magic backlighting. In my opinion, the best one of this place. The note is excellent and I also loved all the links connected to your complementar posts. Really good result on the expressive surface of the rock (its texture came out nicely) and also on the lighting on the vegetation.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2006-05-23 3:49
a beautiful, serene, quiet atmosphere...the shades of green are so beautiful...excellent picture of amazing place!
elmec (12210) 2006-05-23 13:55
This is lovely place!
And You took there great photo!
I like the rock over the lake and light there!
cherubin (1971) 2006-05-24 5:02
I think that you mean this photo...
it's really fantastic! excellent presentation of the light and the shadows! I imagine that it isn't an easy shot... anyway, the result is perfect!
keep going on!
IvarsU (2505) 2006-05-24 7:08
That is masterpiece, for sure... Reflected light is well managed. My favorite theme - direct sun photos!
veronika (6052) 2006-05-25 6:05
i love the light here, yes really look like the first light from God :)
I like it very much Paul, wonderful cosy place..
keribar (43841) 2006-05-27 16:17
Hello Paul, This is a picture which gains a lot when opened.I couldn't see well what was the reason that the thumbnail had gained a lot of smileys, and I was curious to find out.
No mistake, the reason is the light of course. When they ask me " What make for you a photograph " I alway reply by mentioning the light at the first place.
Well done and Happy Sunday - Izzet
rmatthews (945) 2006-08-08 11:27
This is very nice...almost perfect. It would have been very interesting if you had taken 2 exposures, one for the light on the tree (which you have one wonderfully) and one for the lake, giving it a little lighter appearance. Very pretty, very compelling.
- Copyright: Paul Enns (PJE) (20758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-00-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6, Digital ISO 100
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/79 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Morning Light.. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-19 12:05
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