Divine Light

What is Divine Light?

The photograph above was taken at Hammomnasset Beach
in Madison, Connecticut several years ago.
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Go to my Hammonasset Beach gallery

Lighting!  Lighting!  Lighting!
Like the real estate mantra:
Location!  Location!  Location!
Lighting to a photographer is one of the most important features to take into consideration when out with your camera.  Without proper lighting your photography will be anything from ho hum to horrible.  It’s why you should avoid mid day photography.  You’ll wind up blowing out all of your images with too much glare or all of work will be washed out.

My favorite time to shoot?  That would be around the time the above photo was taken:
October in mid afternoon.

There’s something about October with the sun’s position in the sky that brings out the lighting differently, somehow more vibrantly, yet also in subtler tones then other times of the year.  Sunsets are sharper, more colorful.  You’ll see me out  with my camera more frequently in October.  Like I said:
Lighting!
Lighting!
Lighting!

One of the things I look for when I photography by the water is the effect of seeing light emanating from clouds and showering the water.  I believe it’s a spiritual message.  I call it:
God’s Light

The above photo is a perfect example of this phenomenon.  The effect works best over water.  The image above is framed and matted and hanging in my bedroom.  It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up in the morning and one of the last things I see before turning off my light before going to sleep at night.  It’s another of my favorite photos, only because it reflects my spirituality.

Getting this shot was another example of being in the right place at the right time.  God/Source/Divinity always puts me in the right place.  My photography eye is always working anyway.  I no longer look at the world in the same way since I’ve taken up a camera.  I’m scanning the place I’m in for photography opportunities and I store the information away, so that I can come back with my camera.  I’m sure my fellow photographers will say the same thing.  I think photographers in general see the world differently.  I know I do.

I’ve been fortunate to see this effect MANY times and EVERY time it appears I stop what I’m doing and marvel at the sheer beauty of the tunnels of light streaming through the openings in the clouds.  It almost seems as if windows are being flung open in the sky to let the sunlight stream down.  Could it be the divine?  What do you think?  Would love to hear from you.

I hope you enjoy the turn my blog is taking.  I won’t be talking about photography all the time, but it is a HUGE part of my life.  When I do write about it, it will always relate back to my spirituality or The Law of Attraction.

Enjoy!

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

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10 responses to “Divine Light

  1. Beautiful photograph. Mid afternoon is not a good time to shoot here in the UK, and for certain parts of the world I’ve worked in it’s too hot so I guess it varies depending where you are in the world? or personal preference? What do you think?

  2. nice rays, Mornings and sunset are spectacular times at gazing above us.

  3. Beautiful shot Chris! Thanks for capturing my piece of paradise and sharing with the group. When do I want to shoot? When my heart moves me. 🙂

  4. It is different in different locations but ???. Yes the golden hours just before sunset and just after sunrise are wonderful. But to limit your photography to mostly October and only those hours would be a mistake. I have taken some of my favorite images at mid day ( clouds really help lol) in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire in bright sunny days I love images after the sun has gone down, Being a wedding photographer, I do not have the final say of time of year or time of day. I have shot at mid day with great results.
    It is all about light but there is all kinds of light and you can manipulate the light.
    Just my 2 cents and in this economy that is worth about 1/2 cent

    http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/08/photographs-for-magnificent-monday.html

    • Hi Jim:
      I don’t limit my photography to those two times at ALL. I shoot at all times of the day and year. Totally agree with your comment:
      It is all about light but there is all kinds of light and you can manipulate the light.

      It IS all about lighting.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jim. Always value another photographer’s views.

      Chris

  5. Beautiful photo Christopher! Divine light indeed 🙂 I love how lighting can really have a way of making a moment, and a photo, extraordinary.

  6. October is my favorite month Chris. And wow, this photo is stunning! Aren’t you looking forward to fall? I’ve got a feeling you’re about to have a field day…

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