Gallery: when the light is right
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutterAnsel Adams
Studio photographers can spend a lot of time getting the light just right, changing the angles, adjusting the brightness and colour. Landscape photographers don’t have that luxury; we have to work with the light we have, or wait until it changes naturally.
This week for our Lens Artists challenge Tina asks us to share images that illustrate the power of light. I’ve selected a couple of locations where I had the luxury of time and could capture how changing light altered a scene.
Ngala is a beautiful boutique hotel on the cliffs of Fajara in the Gambia, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. During our week-long stay some years ago I enjoyed photographing the russet cliffs at various times of day.
The cliffs look different even photographed at the same time of day, depending on which way you point the camera.
Looking north, looking south
Just before sunset you are shooting straight into the sun, so the cliffs became silhouettes.
The Golden Hour
As the sun sets the sea glows pink with reflected light.
Hanga Roa is the only town on Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), famous for the huge moai. We only spent a few nights here, but long enough to see the town’s coastline in different lights.
The waves around this tiny island in the Pacific are unsurprisingly boisterous, and a favourite with surfers during the day.
As the sun sets the sea grows calmer, although the waves still break against the rocks, the spray glistening in the light.
There is still enough surf to tempt some to stay out in the water, although others are calling it a day.
Maybe it’s better to find a waterside bar or restaurant and settle down with a drink and some excellent seafood, while continuing to enjoy the ever-changing light.
A pisco sour at sunset
I visited Ngala Lodge in 2014 and Hanga Roa in 2016
A moving collection of images – the reds and reflections.
Thank you Ruth, glad you liked them 🙂
Wow Sarah, I love these photo’s! Amazing how light (and the various stages of a day) can deliver such different pictures!
Thanks so much 😊 Yes, it’s amazing the difference that changing light can make to a scene!
As usual…great travel photos Sarah! Nice documentation of the light series as wel!
Thank you Teresa, this was a fun challenge!
I. J. Khanewala
Great to see some photos of Rapa Nui which are not the ones you see in all the travel shows. That’s a place I’ve put on the back-burner for too long.
Thanks! Although the moai are of course the big attraction (literally!) on Rapa Nui, I found the Birdman culture equally fascinating, and Hanga Roa is a cool little town to use as a base (not that you have a choice – there is nowhere else to stay!) The seafood is excellent and there are several really nice little restaurants overlooking the sea where you can spend a very pleasant evening. My photos were taken from two of these, on separate evenings.
Oh, the Places We See
Such beautiful shots — love the colors on the water and the various ways the light is reflected. You’ve definitely met the challenge in this post!
Thank you so much, I’m happy you liked these 😀
Excellent light in these, Sarah. Wonderful places well captured! I too must say I loved the pink ones.
Thanks Ann-Christine – those pink ones do seem to be particularly popular!
Perfect photographs to illustrate a point. The comparison with the different light effect is soooooooooo good. I’ve enjoyed being with you on these travels, especially as it looks as though any travels I might think about are being pushed further into the future. In fact, I have just realised that I’ve probably done my last long-haul as I’m sadly lacking in friends who want to risk long-haul travel in future.
Thanks so much Mari 🙂 But that’s a shame if your friends’ disinclination to travel long-haul means that you may have to miss out too 🙁 Maybe you need some new travel-hungry friends!
Great variety, great subjects, great light. Excellent.
Thank you John, I appreciate the compliment!
Some fabulous shots here, Sarah. Michaela’s the camera person out of us two, just about all the shots are hers, but we both love it when there’s a chance to capture something in the way you have in this collection.
Thank you 😊 We’re both keen photographers but only one of us blogs! I use my own photos almost all of the time but occasionally beg one from my husband if I don’t have the image I need 😀
Wowww. Great light, great effects.
Thank you 😊
Beautiful light perfectly captured Sarah. I especially loved the images with the pink light. Amazing scenery
Thanks so much Tina! Those pink images are among my favourites too – the sunsets at Ngala were magical 😀
100 Country Trek
Gorgeous photos and travel memories ♥
Thank you 😊 Yes, great memories here for sure!
I really enjoy your travels, Sarah, especially because I see us traveling less as we are getting older. These are beautiful photos of how the sun changes the seascapes.
Thank you Pat 🙂 Of course we’re travelling less at the moment, although not because of age 🙁 I’m hoping we’re still fit enough to do so once the world opens up properly again, but goodness knows how long we have to wait for that! I’m not concerned about my husband, who’s very fit and active, but I have more aches and pains than I would like 😆
I hear you, Sarah. I seem to be saying frequently, “It is what it is.” A phrase of acceptance, with just a touch of resignation. And then I enjoy what I can do – and what I did do as evidenced by my photo files. 🙂