This week, Amy from The World is a Book is the challenger for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the theme of “Here Comes the Sun” (whether or not any relations to the Beatle’s song) was chosen.
I’m going to go with the literal meaning of “Here comes the sun.”
This photo was taken at the 2022 airshow at around noon. I think I shot this photo blindly because I remember it took me a few minutes to stop seeing spots dancing in front of me right after taking the photo. I could barely see the smoke rings because of the sun. Yeah, the light was that intense.
It is why, other than at sunrise and sunset, I try not to take pictures of the sun. The light can be incredibly harsh that, no matter how hard the photo is edited in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, the colors in the photo remain over-exposed and washed out. That is just my opinion as when I was looking for photos for this challenge last night and found myself sacrificing a few of the photos from a recent trip because about half of the picture was washed-out as the result of harsh sunlight.
Of all the sunsets, there are only a few sunsets going on my favorite sunsets list – winter, mid-summer, and before/after a storm. This was one of them – after a storm early January. I mean, it’s not everyday you get to see not only clouds covering the mountain peaks but the peaks shimmering. Doesn’t the light of the photo give off an ethereal kind of feeling?
My mom once asked why I chose to print the photo that was taken after the sun has gone down instead of this one, when there’s still a sun in the sky. “Well,” I replied, “I feel the moments after the sun sets is even more ephemeral than those moments before.”