Jul 31 2009

Light and shadow

Sometimes a picture works out even though it has no business doing so.  This one is a case in point.  The light and shadow are backwards.  That is, with the sun behind me there’s no way the nearer object should be in shadow while the far one is in light.

I was standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the early morning, trying to figure out how to get a decent image of a landscape so vast, one we’ve all seen in plenty of pictures that can’t possibly convey its size and beauty.  The sun was peeking in and out from behind lots of big puffy clouds that were moving rapidly across the sky.

As I looked out over this fin of rock with a tree growing in the middle of it, the light was coming from over my shoulder.  There was virtually no contrast between the fin and the rock wall behind it, but I snapped off a couple frames anyway.  Pretty boring.

Then the clouds shifted, leaving the fin in shadow while bathing the far wall in light.  One shutter click was all I had time for, but luckily that was enough.

What'cha think?

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