Backlight on an Orchid

 

 

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Sometimes I’m in the orchid garden at the Naples Botanical Garden when the early morning sun back-lights an orchid, magically showcasing the inner parts and outer leaves.

Responding to Becky’s challenge for January of square photos illustrating words ending in light.

A Gift from the South

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A water lily – Naples Botanical Garden, taken on 12 November 2019.

I’m glad that I am able to visit the garden in the winter when the days are shorter, the sun is still peeking through the trees when I arrive at 8 in the morning. What fun to watch the soft light move from leaf to flower and back again, waiting for the subtle illumination that brings a bit a special to a photograph.

I made some subtle changes in Lightroom to make the photograph reflect what I saw, but maybe this is closer to what I wanted to see than what was really present. Does it matter; is it wrong to create the beauty that I saw instead of the beauty that was?

Barn in Soft Winter Light

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The joy of winter photography in Michigan is the very soft winter light as the sun sits low in the southern sky. The trade-off is a very cold nose and a biting wind that goes through multiple layers of clothing. The only post processing was a bit of cropping and exposure adjustment to better reflect the beautiful color my eyes saw. If I remember right I didn’t expose my body to the wind for this one, choosing to take this image out the truck window.