Saturday, May 31, 2008


Photography is all about light. Sometimes waiting for that perfect lighting situation can test even the most patient photographers. The making of "Illuminated" is a perfect example of this.

I took the original black and white photograph that became "Illuminated" on April 23, 2008. I was on my way back home from leading a class in hand-coloring at Marin Catholic High School. It was a perfect day - if you love clouds like I do.

I got off at highway 12 going toward the Sacramento Delta region of northern California. I made a right turn on this dead end road right around Suisun City. This had to be one of the longest dead end roads I had ever seen. I would pull over every once in awhile and take out my camera but I wasn't very happy with any of the shots I took. The clouds were keeping any of the light I so desperately wanted, off the hills. At this last stop, I shot a few photographs and then decided to wait and see if the situation would improve. After awhile I decided it was time to put my camera and tripod back in the car and get on the freeway and look for another location. This is an example of what I was seeing:

The clouds were great but without the sun hitting the hills, the whole image just looked flat to me.

As I was putting my equipment away I looked up to see the hills light up as the sun peeked through the clouds. I quickly got out my camera and decided to not even bother with my tripod - I had no idea how long this light would last. I took a few photographs before the sun went away and then got in the car. I couldn't wait to see what I had captured.

"Illuminated" is June's "Image of the Month" and is posted on the home page of my website as well as under "New Images".

I never did find the end of that road........................

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