Being a photographer is dangerous to my driving habits! It was 4:30 in the afternoon as I was driving down a winding, two-lane street that passes through heavy woods and by running streams. The golden hour was in full force and I found myself looking left and right, envisioning the pictures I would take if I could stop. Scene after scene whizzed by. My frustration mounted.
Finally, the pull became too strong. There’s a wooded path off the street that I’ve been wanting to photograph before all the autumn colors were gone. Making a split-second decision, I literally pulled off on two wheels, parked, and sprinted down the path hoping to find beautiful dappled sunlight as the sun made its descent in the sky. I chose my vantage point, sat down on the path, waited a few minutes for a passing cloud to clear, and lo and behold, the scene I pictured in my mind unfolded before me. The colors weren’t the bright oranges and reds that I would have liked, but for me, the beautiful light made up for that.
Where does this path lead? Ah, that’s the mystery.
Photography 101 Assignment: Some photos are significant not because of what’s depicted, but because of the mood they create. They communicate an idea that transcends the actual subject of the image. Share an image that creates a sense of mystery, and manipulate light around you to enhance the mood of your image.