Saturday, July 12, 2008

Round Robin Challenge: Morning Noon And Night

"Light gives of itself completely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not if you are friend or foe. It gives of itself, and is thereby not diminished."

-Michael Strassfeld

This was a great little challenge. Vicki, who has the blog, Maracas, suggested this topic for us to tackle, and what better time to do so, then in the summer with it's long days and ample light? I had a really good time with this one, although I had thought it might be a bit of a let down because of the smokey filter being put on everything due to the many wildfires here in northern California.

Because of all the haze, I went looking in my archive in case I had some time lapse photos of a subject already on file. I didn't have a series already complied that used natural lighting, so I put together the main photo above using a compilation of different perspectives of the Golden Gate Bridge. The photos were taken during different seasons as well, which also tends to play with light. Autumn, followed closely by winter, will always be my favorite seasons to do photos of bright sunny conditions. The light is a bit softer during that time of year, and natural filtering seems to work better for me. The sun in spring and summer is just too harsh for me. It's hot to work in, and I am rarely happy with the matted effect it seems to put on my subjects.

Still, I did do some new photos this past week in my backyard, and experimenting with the different times of day gave me a nice insight into what times work best for me. I loved getting up really early to do the morning photos. The air was cool, and the there was a slight blue/purple cast to everything. I imagine it had to do with the purple suns we have been seeing thought the smokey haze. The smoke makes for some gorgeous sunsets, but it does put an added color to objects that makes the photos I take look like I photo-shopped them. Thats not always a good thing.

For the challenge I wanted to work with something sheer, so that I could get a good look at how the sun would penetrate the object. Here is what I came up with...

Morning Noon And Night

Early Morning


Late Afternoon


Thank you Vicki, this was very enjoyable! :)

Be sure to drop by Vicki's blog to see her Morning, Noon and Night photos as well. You can find her blog and the blogs of all the RR participants below. Go see the art!

Linking List

Vicki... Maraca

Karen... Outpost Mavarin

Carly... Ellipsis

Wammy... The Ellis Family Cincinnati

Jama Hameed... Sweet Memories

Sandra... Strong Chemistry

Janet... Fond of Snape

Monica... Family Affair Photography
Unable To Particpate

Olive... Ur Olive
Unable To Participate

Jennifer Robin... Robin's Woods

Jan... The Prytz Family

**Ourhomeschool... Through the Eye of my Camera

Steven... (sometimes)photoblog

Teena... It's all about me!




See all those open places? I saved a place just for you! If you would like to join us there is still time. Just visit the official RR blog to learn all the details of this week's challenge.

"Four Views"
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco and Marin County
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


Wammy said...

The Golden Gate Bridge shots could be used as a postcard. Very nice. Then my favorite shot of the flowers in you yard is the night shout. I love the way the colors seems to pop out. Thanks you for giving me some new ideas to try.

Steven said...

Nice orchids! Love the way the light plays with them. I know what you mean with light and seasons. I used to think fall had the best light but I'm unsure now.

Teena in Toronto said...

You've got some great shot!

Thanks for stopping by :)

MyMaracas said...

Lovely shots, as always. I especially like the morning flowers, with the light shining through the petals. I never quite got a morning shot I liked -- possibly because I'm too lazy to get up all that early. I did learn a lot about my camera settings though.

I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

It's interesting the way the flowers anchor the photos while the background and the glass table change behind them. Neato! And of course I've always been a fan of your shots of the Bridge!

Ourhomeschool said...

Your photography is breathtaking! I love the pictures of the bridge in different lightings. It's amazing that it's the same bridge... and they all look unique. ~Many blessings.

Anonymous said...

Your photos are always a treat to see. My hubby was just in San Fran about a month ago and always bikes while he is there. He took a few at the base of the bridge with his phone and sent them to our boys. They really loved seeing him.

The orchids was a nice touch. The play of light IS very interesting.