I love the topic of Natural Light because landscape photography is absolutely dependent on it, at least, in my opinion.
There are so many kinds of natural light – sunrise, sunset, golden hour, dusk, dawn, twilight, etc. It’s feels like special occasions to me whenever I get to capture one of ephemeral moments as those moments will no doubt create unique memories which will live forever.
Here are a few of my favorite shots for this topic:
Surprisingly, this was the first picture that came to mind when I saw the topic. I shot this with my phone right outside of my second-story motel room during my one-night stay in Page, Arizona during the summer of 2019. The weather was wild that day – raining for a few minutes here and there – it was like this cloud decided to follow me around that day. I can tell you one thing, sunsets are sure prettier after a storm.
I think my patience was rewarded with next shot. It was drizzling and cold that day. I was darting in and out of the rain trying to get a good shot but all shots felt disappointed. At last, I couldn’t take it anymore. I was freezing cold and my fingers were beginning to go numb. I hopped back into my car and turned the heat on all the way.
The clouds were moving in quickly and soon, I couldn’t see much of the mountains in front of me. I was about to shift the car to drive when I turned my head and saw the sun peeking through the clouds on my left. The whiteness of the snow at the top of the mountain was reflecting, making it look like it’s under a spotlight. Without another thought, I shut off the car, grabbed the camera and tripod, darted across the road, aimed, and pressed the shutter button.
This was something spontaneous. The sunsets during the summer months have always been redder than usual for as long as I have lived in Utah. I don’t remember much about that day other than it was a regular day at work and mom had just dropped me off in the mall’s parking lot to pick up my car when I saw this sunset. It was just one of those at-the-drop-of-a-hat kind of thing.