Great Balls of Fire
I continue to take my photo walks in the (relative) cool of the early morning hours. In addition to that luscious golden light, this time of day provides the opportunity to play with sun flare. Reflected back from shiny surfaces, the low-angled sunlight refracts within the lens of my camera, creating starbursts of light.
Lens flare used to be considered a mistake, an effect to be avoided. Today, many photographers purposefully seek out this phenomenon for the golden, dreamy mood it creates. So far, my successful experiments capture reflected sunlight, as opposed to backlighting my subject by shooting directly into the sun.
I suddenly found my archive peppered with sun flare images. Like my experience with lampposts, that initial noticing is like taking off blinders – I became enraptured with that dazzling light and trying to capture its brilliance.
I am still learning how to handle these balls of fire in a way that contributes to the overall image rather than overwhelming it. It is a daily challenge, with as many failures as successes. Here are a few of the good ones.
I have to confess – there are times when I feel like a ping-pong ball, bouncing haphazardly from one enthusiasm to another – Oh, lampposts! Look, shadows! Gasp, sun flare! I question my flitting about, dabbling in one thing, then another. It seems that after three years of (almost) daily shooting, I would know what kind of photographer I am.
And yet, perhaps that is the answer. Through dabbling and tinkering, experimenting and searching, trying on one thing, then another – I am indeed finding out what kind of photographer I am.