A Word A Week Photo Challenge : Light

This will be my first week participating in this weekly challenge. http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/a-word-a-week-photography-challenge/

I’m wondering if I am taking on too many challenges and ignoring the work writing I want to be doing. But like Scarlett, I will think about that tomorrow.

I enjoy the different challenges and it gives me a chance to spread my wings a little and think outside the box so to speak. I just finished a nine-day challenge where I told the story of how each Santa’s reindeer got their names. It was supposed to be a humorous challenge but most of mine ended up kind of sappy. Still talking about Rudolph being named for Valentino and Comet being the first-born to hippie parents is funny in its own right.

Another challenge that has been recently suggested and that I am enjoying is put on by Life of a Thinker in which he suggests the title and we are to write the post. I like this writing challenge and you may too. Check it out. http://thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/if-this-is-the-title/

But back to this challenge and if nothing else it allows me to finally do something with these pictures I took in the beginning of November.

I am lucky enough to live close to the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and we made our final overnight visit for the year at the end of November. The trip had been postponed several times and for a while I didn’t think I was going to get to go. My main goal was to photograph an area of the park called Big Meadows at sunrise.

Any photographer, even a wannnabe like myself knows it’s all about the light. But there’s more to it than that and when someone says “anyone can take a picture” I just want to bean them on the head. I guess it’s true anyone can take a picture but not just anyone can take a great picture. I was going for greatness on this trip and I missed the mark by a million miles. The sad thing is I am not sure what I could have done differently. That’s something I have yet to learn.

Some of you might think these pictures are good. A lot of you will know they are just okay and worthy of any tourist’s facebook page. This is not what I was going for. My goal is printable, frame-able, great pictures you can hang on your wall; art. I am bummed because I missed this opportunity of being in this certain place at this certain time and I don’t know if I will get another chance. I missed the light.

18 thoughts on “A Word A Week Photo Challenge : Light

  1. I think the 5th one, with the line of trees, is beautiful. And I think that with sunrise/sunset pictures in particular, the experience is often really overwhelming (especially if you’re in a wide open space) and when you get home and look at the photos, they can’t possibly compare. You sensed the light in ways more than visually, and the photo only captures the visuals. So becareful of expectations, I guess.


  2. Shots 5-8 I think have done a lovely job of capturing color, form and light. It can be an elusive and challenging effort. Keep practicing! Remember the success comes from trying–that is what keeps me going everyday with my camera.


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