Local Areas

Photography is all about Light.

One of the most exciting things for me as a photographer, is recognizing light. Light is all around us, in every aspect of our lives. We use light for mood, to express emotion, to watch a ball game, to stop us at an intersection, and on and on. 

I play a game with myself and light. Wherever I go, I look for the sources of the ambient light that surrounds an area. I look for the depth and strength of the light, how it casts a shadow, where is the best place to interact with the light when I take a photo, etc.

The "Golden Hour", (The hour before sunset, and the hour after sunrise), is the best time for portraits and general photography outside. Why? The light is not as intense as in the middle of the day, and the shadows help to create depth in our photography. As a photographer I am ruled by light. If I can't find the right light, than I need to create my own, or mix the ambient light with my controlled light, (by using flash or other means to create fill, backlight or whatever the mood requires).

Matt and Rebekah

Recently I had the opportunity to create the engagement images for Matt and Rebekah. We found a spot along the coast, and I was excited that we had a low fog that continually moved in and out. The light created by this mix of fog and sun, was perfect for creating soft portraiture. I also used off camera flash to help fill my image with light when shooting toward the sun. 

When pursuing photography, always look, and question the light and how you can make it work for you and the story you hope to tell with your pictures! 

Dan.

 

Flower Ride with Friends

Last week I took a day in the middle of the week, and drove with my photography friends Jill and Bob looking for wildflowers. Bob drove and we headed for Figueroa Mtn Road in Santa Barbara County.

The drive alone is always great. We talk about all things photography and generally figure how to cure the woes of the world.

Figueroa Mtn Flowers

We arrived at our destination along the mountain right at sunrise and even though we live in balmy California, at that time of the morning there is a chill in the air. We got out and started to explore the area and look for the "Perfect Composition". The flowers in this area were sparse in comparison to years past, but were there none the less. We stayed in this area for a couple of hours photographing the poppies and lupin from every angle possible. We then headed back down the mountain looking for, and stopping, at a couple of other spots along the way.

We took a stop in Los Olivos to get a bite to eat. We found a small place called Corner House Coffee. This was a coffee shop that served a few food items on their menu. I did not try the coffee, but for a place to grab a meal, it was not really my cup of tea!

After a great ride we headed home and were back by about 12:30 pm.

Links:
For more of my wildflower photos: http://www.writeroflightphotography.com/Nature/Figueroa-Mtn-Flowers/
Los Olivos, CA: http://www.losolivosca.com
Figueroa Mtn Area: http://www.summitpost.org/page/657005