Like most people, I started with black and white photography. I developed my own film and printed my own black and white photographs in my make-shift darkroom. Of course, Ansel Adams was my hero.
Photography has evolved and a dark room is no longer necessary. These images were created as color digital photographs. I did a conversion of the colors to black, white and shades of grey with photoshop. It was a great reminder of the contrast created with various tones and shadows in a photograph. In a sense, the range of tones from black through the shades of grey to white are a collaboration – just like life. Sometimes our beliefs are so strong that we can only see an issue in terms of black or white. By not being open to perceive the tones of grey in an issue are missed opportunities for collaboration and negotiation. So, I acknowledge the peacemakers who have the wisdom to honor the shades of contrast during conflict or difficult decision-making.
Both of these sunrise images have a very spiritual essence. It was as though God opened the sky and allowed me to see a glimpse of heaven – serene, beauty, infinite possibilities. For me, it was a blessing to behold and a privilege to capture with my camera.
If nature can be so creative, why can’t we?
“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when we grow up.” Picasso
First light occurs before sunrise and is usually called civil twilight. In the featured image for this post, you can still see “star trails” in the purple sky. To achieve the trailing essence of the stars, I used a very long exposure – almost one minute and used both a tripod and cable release to keep the camera very steady.
Pre-dawn is very, very quiet and has its own special color of light. Enjoy!
I think most of my east coast friends are very ready for winter to end as they experience yet another snow storm on the first day of spring. However, I wanted to capture the elements of winter in their glory and color. Remember, spring and rebirth is coming…really…