Nature Photography

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

Understanding Light in Photography.

The second we open our eyes in the morning, we are using light to make sense of the world as we see it. In photography, light is essential to making a photo communicate to our viewers. the soft light upon a newborns face, the dramatic light of a soldier in the field, the early light of a sunrise through the forest canopy. The way we use this light will define our "photo story".

Ask yourself, what is it I want to capture, and what would be the best light to accomplish this. There are many resources today, that can give you insight into how light works in photography, and I suggest that you study some of these sources. (I have listed a few favorites below.) Even more important, open your eyes in a new way, to what light does. Look at the world and ask yourself questions like, what is causing that light, where is it coming from, what is the color of the light, how long will it last... and more. Become a "follower of light" and I guarantee that your photographs will start to take on a life of there own!

To get great photographs, you need great light.

Dan