It’s All About the Light

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle

One thing I am working on in order to improve my photography is a better understanding of light, and how it affects photos. When I first started being serious about taking pictures I would go around and snap away. Back then it was more miss than it. I was looking at some old photos, and I had an opportunity to take a great photo. Typically, it was because I wasn’t paying attention to the light. Most times when I am trying to get the best shot possible, I will shoot multiple photos in order to see which one is the best. I improved in this area more recently because I practice more than I used to. Before the pandemic started, I only took photos on special occasions and vacations. Today, my goal is to get out about once a week and shoot. Now I not only have great photos of my hometown, I now have practiced enough to be able to take better photos during special occasions and on vacation.

Last summer, my son and I hiked the trails at South Mountain State Park in North Carolina. Since I had been practicing my photography, I was able to capture these great photos of High Shoals Waterfalls. When we visited, we hiked two different trails. We started on the short river trail when we first arrived, and then found the main waterfall trail. By the time we arrived at the lower part of the falls we were so tired from hiking everywhere else, we decided that we were done at that point. So, I took as many photos as I could, and then we decided to head back to our campground.

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