Photography 101: Warmth

“Drawing With Light”

Photography is all about the light. No matter the subject, light is what makes a photograph.
By using light you can create warmth.

Dawn On Boott Spur Trail

 I rely on is the sun. The sun and the way its light warms the landscape during the Golden Hours at the beginning and end of each day.

Michelle.

Light can give a sense of warmth to a photo captured on a cold winter morning.

Autumn On The Isinglass

Warmth can also be conveyed by the color palette of the photo. Vibrant autumn foliage provides a warmth to the above photo on an otherwise gray and overcast day.
Warmth can also be created.
A simple white balance adjustment in Lightroom can completely change the feel of a photograph. Giving the second photo a warmer look and feel.

Sunsets Witness

Sunsets Witness

Looking Back – My Favorite Images from 2013

2013 Through The Lens.

The past year has been outstanding for me. Physically, I don’t think I’ve ever been in better shape, even better than when I was racing mountain bikes. I can thank my time hiking in the mountains for that. And running, lots and lots of running.

Photographically, I’m happier with the images I’ve captured than ever before. I find myself shooting less, yet coming back with more. I’m developing a more critical eye towards what I photograph, knowing exactly what I want to capture and how I want to capture it. Fewer images from any given outing means less time in front of the computer too. A trend I hope to continue in the coming year.

Now the hard part.

Trying to come up with 12 favorite images from the past year though, that was tough. Not so much coming up with favorites, but narrowing it down to only 12, that was a challenge. Making the task even harder for me, when I set out to compile this list I had one self-imposed rule –  only one image from each of the last 12 months.

 So here they are, my favorite 12 images from the past year.

What’s Missing?

I purposely didn’t call this a “Best Of” list because that’s all very subjective and I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you feel is my best image from 2013.

So what’s missing? Is there a particular image I’ve shared over the past year that you think should have made the list?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Finally, to all my fans, subscribers, and those just passing through, I’d like to wish you all the best in the coming year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Weekly Photo Challenge The Sequel: Light Au Naturel

“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.”

                                                                                                                                                        ― Napoleon Bonaparte

The Sun, the most important source of light.

My desire to capture its warming radiance as it falls gently across the land knows no bounds.

Whether or not it’s included in the frame, its effect is present in almost every image I create.

 

Please sit back and enjoy the sun in all its glory.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Yes it was!

Many of you who read my blog regularly know how I often enjoy spending my mornings.

The morning usually starts out with a pre-dawn hike, often several miles through the still dark mountains,  just as often alone, racing the rising sun in search of a spectacular view.

 This past Sunday was no exception.

With autumn in full swing here in New Hampshire, I chose to welcome the new day atop Mt. Crawford in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.

Yes indeed, with this view before me not long after sunrise, it was a Good Morning!

Gorgeous fall color in Crawford Notch, NH

And here I am taking it all in.Enjoying The View

And yes it will be!

In one weeks time, this view will be the first thing I see as I poke my head out of my tent.

THAT will be a good morning!

A Room With A View

Five Minutes To Sunrise.

Sunrise, and a five-minute walk.

Sunrise over Baxter Lake in Rochester, New Hampshire

One of the things I love most about living on a lake are the ready-made photo opportunities it presents me with.

Even when I have no set plans to go out making pictures, all it takes is quick glance out the window to have me reaching for my camera and tripod.

With less than a five-minute walk bringing me to waters edge, there’s almost always time to make a picture.

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Is there a place close to home that inspires you to grab your camera, even when you had no plans to do so?