The Magic of Light

May 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

My favorite time of the day to shoot is what's commonly known as the "Golden Hour", the hour or so before sunset.  Add some puffy overcast clouds and voila,  it's magical!  For landscapes it provides more drama than a popular reality show.  Here in Southern California puffy clouds days are unfortunately rare, maybe a handful of days a year.  This causes photographers to get more inventive, like saving cloud images to add to an image shot on the other 360 days.  But lately, we've been lucky.  

Dried Brush in Las Virginess MountainsDried Brush in Las Virginess Mountains...Photographer anjani lynn white

The lights and shadows merge and blend creating subtle nuances of muted colors.   Excellent light for landscape and portraits.

Sunset hike at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space PreserveSunset hike at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space PreserveSunset hike at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Photographer anjani lynn white

A few trees remain from fires gone by.  They are a gentle reminder how fragile the landscape is.  We pray that all the shortage of rain and large amounts of dry brush doesn't ignite and destroy what has grown back during the subsequent years.  

 

Last Tree StandingLast Tree StandingSunset hike at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Photographer anjani lynn white

May these mountains survive another dry fall heading our way again in the not too distant future.  Send us more clouds please, and while you're at it, a little rain wouldn't hurt either.  

 

The Last TreeThe devastation remains as a subtle reminder to protect what's left.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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