Collin J Örthner – Photographer

August 22, 2008

Soft Light

Filed under: Abstract, Nature, Rocks, Travel — collin orthner @ 3:24 am

The beautiful soft light of evening is completely wonderful and should not be missed. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired or you want to eat your supper. Who cares if it’ll be dark right away and the coyotes will start howling. We aren’t scared of the dark are we? It’s just a short walk back to the campsite. You really need to experience this light and the last few minutes before sunset, or a few minutes after sunrise for that matter, are just sublime. One of the best ways to really see this light is up close. Observe the blue shadows cast by those tiny stones and rills which on a sunny afternoon are not even evident now showing off river valleys on a scale that is hard to understand. The clay, normally gray (nice rhyming going on there),takes on an orange/red glow that is mixing ever so subtlety with the blue shadows to what looks deceivingly like magenta. I find so many things happening in images like this that I can just start to imagine how the water slowly carves it’s way through the clay each and every time it rains, erasing all evidence of tiny insect tracks and human footprints at the rate of about half an inch a year.
[Canon G9]

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