Light, and the seeking of, drive my photography more as time passes. This year, in particular, I’ve found myself hunting those brief moments when a sliver of light passes over a landscape scene, and transforms the world into illuminated magic. At least, that’s how it appears for me.
These elusive moments are not so easy to come by – I think I probably catch 5-6 per year max, if that, but the hunt for them – oh so addictive!! Weather, as always plays a massive part in successfully finding images with unusual light – I’ve found that passing storms, and unsettled weather conditions are times when I should be interested in getting outside for a shoot / hike.
These are a few of my favourite ‘catches’ in this last few months :
The Southern French, and Swiss Alps are a gold mine for photographers, whatever the conditions – there are plenty of places that are accessible via lifts / train / funicular that can place you in the mountains – combine that with some low cloud / mist, and picking the type of scene portrayed above is easily possible. This particular image was shot from above Lauterbrunnen in late winter as the peaks drifted in and out of visibility. It was really a question of picking a pleasing composition, and then some patience to get just the ‘right’ amount of cloud cover that made for an engaging image.
An early spring trip to Wales for an mountain camping weekend led me to be in Snowdonia just as the forests there began to spring back to life. A dawn wander near Betws-y-Coed led me to this scene – I loved the variety of colour, and the way the tops of some of the trees were transformed by the early sun. If trees are your thing, Snowdonia and through North West Wales is the place to be, without a doubt, particularly in early spring. I think I’ll be heading back for another camping trip mid July, so we’ll see what the forests are looking like at that point!
Last up for this post really highlights the benefit of keeping your eyes open for brief moments of light. I was in Scotland in mid winter this year for a few days – the conditions were largely flat light wise, although there was a fair bit of snow around which was brilliant to see – best winter here in the UK for quite some years!! I often wander along Glen Etive when I visit the North West of Scotland – I think I find something new on every visit to this wonderful place. I saw this scene emerging as I drove along the track towards the southern end of the glen. A quick hop out of the car with the 70-200, and I caught this – the ridge line of this anonymous peak accentuated heavily by just a moment of light. It was gone again in less than 30 seconds.
I could honestly shoot these type of scenes eternally – don’t get me wrong, I have a very deep love for the Grand Landscape, but the devil can truly be in the detail sometimes!!