This week we welcome Sofia and her delightful theme ”Low-Light”. Sofia says: ”For me, any circumstance where there is less light than the normal daytime is low-light as it requires different settings to take a good photo.”
I have chosen some of my all time favourites. In the header though, a new image from our recent visit to an old health resort, Lundsbrunn. It shows one of the great photo opportunities with low-light – long shadows.
A late evening walk at our summer house can be magical – in the right light.
On the west coast of Spain, just before sunset, I had one of my most magical low-light moments. I had to do some post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop to bring out the structures from the dark cliffs.
My cactus flowers are about 20-25 cm and the flower lasts only for about an hour, night time. They were photographed with my cell phone, and I used a small flash light to make it all possible. I knew when the flower would start to unfold, and by then I must have tried out how to use the light.
Sitting in a canoe, in the Amazon, I faced great difficulties because of the thick darkness. I was not happy about many of those night photos, but some of them managed to catch the magic –
– at least for me to remember the adventure by. I can still hear the sounds and the silence…just by looking at the images. So, don’t be afraid of blurred images – they too have a story to tell!
Of course I have to have something from Iceland here too. Iceland is all about the light. This image is from the south coast, a late winter evening – and the roaring sea. Velvety browns and the black sand beach showing off its diamonds.
Lastly, I will give you a glimpse of our Swedish watercolour master, Lars Lerin. The light in his paintings is incredible. Many of his paintings are from places in low light, Lofoten in winter for example. I believe we can learn not only from other photographers, but also from our painters, artists, how they picture light, and light when there is almost none.
This week we are inviting you to share your experiences with Low-Light photography. Do you have any special tricks to share? Please link your views to Sofia’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can find you.
Thanks also to John for last week’s Change challenge, and for your many creative and interesting responses. We look forward to seeing your Low Light images this week and to your joining us next week when Anne leads our challenge, be sure to visit her wonderful site.
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Hello and good day. Your photography is very inspiring, you have such a great eye for this.
Thank you for commenting, glad if I can be inspirational!
I think this is one of your best posts, Ann-Christine. You really captured the beauty of the cactus flowers. I also liked the seaside rock formation. Spectacular!
Thank you – glad you liked it so much!
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The dark cliffs, wow! Your cactus flowers are remarkable. The iceland image, breathtaking…
Thank you, Amy – happy you liked them.
WOW. Great selections, all. ‘Sitting in an canoe in the Amazon’?!?! OMG. Not everyday!!!!
I sometimes wish it was every day!
I’m awestruck! These are all so wonderful .. thanks so much for a *fantastic* selection!
♥ I am happy you liked them!
Leya these are not only stunning photographs but amazing places you have visited. I’m in awe of your night-blooming flower photos and your trip on the Amazon. Every picture is fabulous in its own way. I bet you are a great storyteller. I found this quote for my post today and it fits you perfectly, ”Traveling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ian Battuta Have a wonderful week until a new story to two finds its way to the surface of your blog. 🙂
Marsha, you know how to make my spirits rise and feel good again – thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Awww, you deserve to feel good and have raised spirits. Life is full of good things, and blogging is one of them. 🙂 You raise my spirits, too. 🙂
I always look forward to seeing your interpretation of the weekly challenge. Like many accomplished photographers, you have mastered the style and seem to enjoy it. I can appreciate your patience with the cactus flowers, the subtle light is truly what brings it to light.
I love the photos of you from your can . What a treasure to float along and more of a treasure to return home and see you did, indeed capture the quiet, and stillness of the water. Beautiful. Donna
Thank you so much for your comment, Donna! So positive – I often feel the whole journey was a dream only.
No doubt. Such tranquility.
Glad you liked them, Nora! Thank you!
Brilliant set of images, Ann Christine! I liked the shadows in the Health Resort, the Iceland scene, but most of all your cactus flower! It was also good to see the way Lars Lerin captures light
So glad you enjoyed, Sue!
Stunning photos as always Ann-Christine!
Thank you, Aletta!
I love all of your photos and the dreamy mood they create, but my favorite are the flowers. They’re so dramatic in low light. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for enjoying them!
Great photos as always. I have difficulty enough taking photos from inside a boat even in daylight. So really thrilled with that photos from the Amazon. In spite of all the brilliant other photos to choose from, there is a clear stand out for me this week. Those cactus flowers are really out there; the lighting is absolutely brilliant.
Thank you so much – a wonderful comment. So glad you enjoyed the images from the Amazon – and my flowers.
As always Ann-Christine you have included some amazing captures! I especially loved your header and your cactus flowers are stunning – hard to believe it was your cellphone!! Your closing image of the artist’s rendition is truly beautiful and you are so right about learning about light from others including painters. Beautiful post.
Thank you so much, Tina! Glad to show some of Lars Lerin’s work too!
Your images are stunning. My favorites are the two from the Amazon.
Thank you, Beth – I often go back to that journey and look at the photos…what would we do without cameras?
Ann Christine, I felt lime I had been transported to an exotic jewelry store when I saw tje Amazon and cactus photos.
Jewels they are to me! A lovely description – thank you!
You’re welcome, AC.
Amazing photos Leya. That flower is simply spectacular
That black and white photo is beautiful and captures the light so perfectly
Happy you liked it – long shadows are favourites to photograph!
Lady, you have excelled yourself! I was excited to walk on that beach with you, but then those flowers… the Icelandic swell… and Lars! What more can I ask? Hope you’re having a wonderful week.
Thank you, dearest Jo – and I love Lars Lerin!
This is such a special gallery. Lovely.
Thank you, Margaret!
Your post was worth waiting for, Ann-Christine. You always seem to be able to capture a bit of magic in your photos and this time it was in the light. I can’t pick one, I love them all!
I am glad you enjoyed them, Sofia – as I enjoyed yours!
What a beautiful selection of photos!
Thank you kindly, Florin!
Oh my Ann-Christine, how beautiful your low light can be. I especially like the cactus and Iceland images.
Thank you, Anne!
These low light photos are magical Ann Christine. You have given us some truly marvelous sights to see.
Thank you, Anne – so glad you enjoyed them!
I love all of these, A-C, but the flowers really stand out as does the painting by Lars Larin.
Janet, thank you – and Lars lerin is a favourite of mine.
An exquisite gallery, Ann-Christine. The cactus flowers are lovely. I’m glad your timing was right.
Thank you, Miriam – one year I missed out on it. Miscalculated, and was one day too late…
The flower photos are magical.
Thank you…and that poor cactus is now dwindling and I am desperately trying to save it.
What’s wrong with it?
I don’t know, suspects fungi or virus. Every new leaf grows for a while but then blackens and dies. So sad.
Repot in fresh compost?
I might do that, thank you, Jude.
A lovely low light gallery Ann-Christine 🙂 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it, Brian.
Thank you for introducing me to Lars Larin. What a lovely picture.