Many thanks to Benni for hosting this week's challenge. I love her choice of theme!! Light is such a fundamental part of photography, it makes me wonder why I never thought of using it as a theme myself!! We can only see the world around us by the human eye capturing the light reflected by everything around us. Photography is just an addition to this process whereby we can capture and store a particular combination of light at a particular moment.
I've done a lot of playing around and experimenting with light in my photography ever since I got my first camera. There are so many different ways of doing it. As usual I had a hard job narrowing down my choices, so once again I'm going to cheat and add a bonus shot!! LOL. The first three shots are from my archive and are all from around 2008. The bonus shot is from the most recent set I shot this year.
1) I love the play of shadow and light on the leaves in this shot.
2) You may remember a few themes ago I posted a shot from a series of experiments I did using a simple glass of water and how light interacts with it from different angles. This is another one from that set, this time looking straight down into the glass.
3) Sometimes nature provides you with all the light elements needed for a good shot. On this day, at Amroth beach, the tide had just gone out and the still-wet sand acted like a mirror to the sunset.
4) I never miss a chance to include a flower-macro, and this is no exception!! This is the heart of an Echinacea flower that had recently opened. No, this shot has not been edited in any way, that's just how it came out of the camera. The petals of the Echinacea are extremely reflective and in extreme close-up and strong light, have 'burned out', leaving just the centre of the flower. Another interesting thing is that the pattern creates an optical illusion. Stare at it for a few seconds and you'll start to see movement.