“Knowledge is love and light and vision.” – Helen Keller
As I have grown as a photographer, one thing I have learned over the years is the importance of timing. Timing can mean the difference between a bland photo and a spectacular photo. Timing when it comes to my camera’s shutter speed can freeze an object in motion or show the slow progression of water and light over one area. It all depends on what you want. Timing is important with light. I know there are some places in Charlotte where photos work best in the morning or the afternoon because of the position of the sun relative to where I am located at that time. Timing in terms of what season can determine what a landscape can look like. From the bright blooms of spring to the oranges and browns of autumn. Photo can look completely different from one season to another. To me there isn’t necessarily a bad time to take a photo, it’s just the time that will determine how it will look in the end.
I took these photos last year in 2021 during the spring. One of my favorite times of the year is when the trees are blooming in Charlotte. After a winter of seeing nothing by empty trees, seeing these blooms is a welcome sight. Just like in fall, I try to time it every year where I get the best photos with the trees blooming. I took these while riding my bicycle along the Light Rail Trail.
On the first shot, I posted it in color and black and white. Which one do you prefer?