Archive for August 24th, 2011
I took this photo just a short while ago while looking out from the back doorway of my son’s home in Toronto area. I was glad to see the skies showing promise of sun rather than the predicted cover of clouds with showers as I have planned on a day of wandering through the city with my camera. Staying at my son’s home for a short visit is my nephew who often reads this blog. He was watching as I took this early morning photo as the smell of freshly brewed coffee had beckoned him to join me in the main room of the house. I asked my nephew to choose from the collection of photos and then to make the choices of lighting (shadows, increased light, decreased contrast) to get the final look. Tracey, this post is for you!
The colours in the sky are real, the oranges and gold tints on the higher clouds promised sunshine for at least some of the day and the thought of some sunshine put a smile on my face. I love the light as it allows me to better see and capture ideas with my camera. But more than that, the light allows me to better find the shadows that lurk otherwise hidden. When the skies are gray and overcast, shadows can’t be found. All is seen as though through a damp and filter making scenes appear almost lifeless, or should I say, listless. Wandering through the grayness in the absence of direct sunlight is more like being in a cocoon, waiting for life to restart. Waiting. Waiting.
With the appearance of a small crack in the blanket of clouds, a few rays of light immediately transform the world from a place of suspended animation to a place of vibrancy, a world of vitality. At last life can begin again, renewed with a new day’s light. This daily renewal of sunrise brings hope and a promise should we dare to do our part in entering into the journey that awaits, the discoveries promised with new light.
Carpe diem! Seize the day!