The Forth Word(s): Evenly Lit

Somehow, I totally forgot to complete my “Five Words” series of blog posts back in 2014. Shame on me. Still too much distraction. Or perhaps simply a desk that is too messy: while cleaning up I found the note where I had written down the five words/themes that should describe my photography… ahem! Time to continue with the forth entry: “Evenly Lit“.

Mud hills of the Carrizo Badlands at dusk. Near Arroyo Tapiado, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States.
Raw Skin — Mud hills of the Carrizo Badlands at dusk. Near Arroyo Tapiado, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, CA.
From the “Malpais” portfolio.

To the loyal followers of my photos and my weblog posts, it is well known that I like fog, overcast days, and the otherwise dreaded marine layer – all conditions that provide an even light on the landscape and the subjects that I want to photograph. I do of course photograph in any type of light (which often yields those high-contrast black & white photos), but if I had to choose, I’d perhaps pick a dull and overcast day over a bright and sunny one most of the time.

I think it has to do with detail, color hues, and abstractions. In the absence of harsh light, the camera can capture more details in both the darker and brighter areas of an image. It can also capture more of the delicate color differences, allowing me to work with them when I develop the photos. And even light reduces perceivable depth in a composition, which allows for greater abstractions (through extractions with long focal lengths).

Some more evenly lit images are in the gallery below:

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2 Responses

  1. Yeah, you gotta use whatever light you’re faced with I guess, but even light — fog, overcast, open shade, etc — can really bring out color and detail. I like ’em almost as much as a clear blue sky… :) Excellent selection of photos Alex.

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