Doe in the Morning

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It's All About the Light!

It’s all about the light!


According to Wikepedia “Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.” Sometimes in nature photography, especially in wildlife photography, we forget this. I follow multiple photographers on social media and those who are not geared obsessed talk more about the light than any other topic.


As photographers we spend more time complaining about the light than trying to maximize the light we are given. Jay Maisel in his book “Light, Gesture, and Color” tells the following joke. In Genesis God created the light and He called it good. Ever since then photographers have been complaining about “bad Light”.


In this image of a White Tailed Deer doe the detail in the image is wonderful, but it is a product of good gear in the hands of an average photographer. The light however is amazing. In my opinion, it is the light, that wonderful early morning light; that gives the interplay of light and shadow that elevates this image into the realm of art. In the end it is not the subject, or the camera, or even the photographer that makes a great image, it is the maximizing the how the light interacts with the subject. Sometimes, even an average photographer can capture an image that tales advantage of the light as it was at that moment. As the saying goes, “I would rather be lucky than good.”