Photography - Painting or Drawing with Light

When I was small (not that I have grown much bigger!), I used to dream of becoming a painter/artist. I would finish a whole box of crayons and several pads of paper in a week. I would draw and color everything that I can think of.

Whenever I see something that I would like to capture on paper but couldn’t do (because my drawing would not turn out the way I imagined a scene), my heart would bleed a little. I would be frustrated and just end up saying “I wish I could paint (or draw) that".

However, my dream of becoming a painter/artist was not to be. Why? That’s another story. Watch out for it in another hub soon.

Then I discovered photography and learned that if I just followed the light, then I could create and paint beautiful pictures too.

I presented in a previous hub some abstract photos of nature that I painted with my camera (http://hubpages.com/hub/Nature-Abstract-in-Photography). What I wish to present in this hub are pictures I enjoyed painting through photography.

light and sunset colors taken from a plane window
light and sunset colors taken from a plane window

What is Photography?

According to Wikipedia, - “The word "photography" comes from the Greek φώς (phos) "light" + γραφίς (graphis) "stylus", "paintbrush" or γραφή (graphê) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing", together meaning "drawing with light."

Traditionally, the products of photography have been called negatives and photographs, commonly shortened to photos”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography

So, photography literally means painting or drawing with light. And following the light is one of the best lessons I have learned in my photography adventure.

I already mentioned the sparkle of light in my hub on raindrops (http://hubpages.com/hub/RaindropsA-Few-of-my-Favorite-Things). This time, I present photos created when I followed the light and painted pictures with it. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed putting them together for this hub.

The Light at the Time of Day Influences the Mood of Your Photos

The kind of light at different times of the day, influences the mood of your photos. This is especially important to landscape photographers. So the most avid ones would even watch a certain landscape at various times of the day. Then once they find the perfect light for the kind of photos they want to create, they start taking and creating the photos they have seen while watching the light.

The following set of photos are classified based on the time of day they were taken. Notice that the mood changes with every change of light.

Sunrise

Morning has broken, early morning light with the sun's rays streaming
Morning has broken, early morning light with the sun's rays streaming
A farm at the break of dawn, early morning light
A farm at the break of dawn, early morning light
In the wee small hours of the morning - just as the sun appears on the horizon
In the wee small hours of the morning - just as the sun appears on the horizon
reflection and light
reflection and light

noon

Paraws (sailboats) with light at noon
Paraws (sailboats) with light at noon

Sunset

as the sun goes down, the golden hour
as the sun goes down, the golden hour
flock of birds and the golden hour
flock of birds and the golden hour
sailing as captured during the golden hour
sailing as captured during the golden hour
twilight time, the golden hour
twilight time, the golden hour
ferry captured during the golden hour
ferry captured during the golden hour

You can also add drama and create various moods in people photos.

Notice the effect of the early morning light the boys faces in the picture below.

Then, wonderful silhouettes can be created once the sun goes down at sunset.


People

Partially lighted happy faces during the early morning
Partially lighted happy faces during the early morning
Silhouette is best captured during the golden hour
Silhouette is best captured during the golden hour
Jump pictures are best taken against the dying light of sunset
Jump pictures are best taken against the dying light of sunset

The Golden Hour

If you noticed, most of my photos were taken either during early morning or late in the afternoon. These times are what photographers call the "golden hour" or "magic hour". During this time, the light is softer, warmer and most pleasing to the eye.

Depending on the light, you can add sparkle or drama to any scene during this magic hour.

So painting with light (especially if you want to paint landscapes or seascapes or even portraits) is best done during this "golden hour".

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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Jill - I'm proud to be the first here - these are soooo incredibly beautiful - pictures that speak to you. Wonderful stuff!

I've always been a fan of la lumiere anglais - guess the golden hour is as nice :)


poetlorraine 7 years ago

your subject choices and your photographs are spectacular, well done you.......... x


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jiberish 7 years ago from florida

Beautiful!


tynee 7 years ago

hi babes, how did you get the sailboats to pose?

beautiful!


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QuirkyPearl 7 years ago from England - UK

I have never heard of the Golden hour or Painting with light, what a lovely description of those particular times of day. I really liked the children laughing and the last two shots of the silhouettes are great.

When I was small (not that I've grown much bigger) That comment made me giggle, hahaha.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Shalini,

That was quick! I noticed that you posted almost right after my hub was published.

Thank you very much for your wonderful opening salvo! I always treasure your comments! "La lumiere anglais" - I like that!

Hello poetlorraine,

Thanks for visiting and leaving a heartwarming comment!

Hi jiberish,

Thanks very much! That's short and sweet!

Hello tynee,

Ha ha ha, I just told them "ready...set...smile!" Thank you very much!

Hi QuirkyPearl,

I'm happy that you learned something new here. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your wonderful comment.

Ha ha ha, I'm petite, so my size is always the subject of ribbing at home. I guess I could not resist that.


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M Burger 7 years ago from Florida

I love looking at your photos. It gives me inspiration and ideas for my own.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Jill of alltrades,

Absolutely Wonderful! I think you are a "Photographic Artist!" It is wonderful how the light illuminates these photos during the "golden hours!" Again WONDERFUL!

Thank you for sharing.

Blessings!


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sarovai 7 years ago

Photos speaks. Very natural. thank u jill of alltrades.


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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY

your pictures were just what I needed after a long day . .perfect to close the week especially on such a cold and nasty day as we had in NY today, they made me feel so warm. Must be all the waves of light shinning in)

really just beautiful!


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Jill - absolutely beautiful. Your pictures are fantastic and your article is delightful to read. I love the personal touch along with the informative.

My husband uses a term called sweet light - it's that time in the evening just before the sun goes down and the light is exquisite and seems to glow around objects. He says that's the time he likes to shoot. I thank God for your artistic gift; it so inspires me and motivates me to create.

Ah! Wonderfully liberating rays of sunshine

Conquest over darkness; resiliance illuminated

Breaking through the morning hour

Victory! Victory! Resounds my soul

Shouting hallelujas, Oh Praise God, Morning has broken.

God bless you, friend!!!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi M Burger,

Thank you very much! Thank you for those heartwarming words!

Hello DeBorrah,

What a beautiful compliment! You just made my day!

You are most welcome!

Hi sarovai,

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment!

Hello wavegirl22,

You just made me very happy with your comment. I am most grateful for your inspiring words.

My dear coffeesnob,

You always say the nicest things. You make me happy and inspire me to do even better.

Wow! You were able to write that verse right here? Such talent! You are just amazing! Thank you!

God bless you too my friend!


coffeesnob 7 years ago

Jill,

Well, as I said, you inspire me too :)


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pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

wow, this is incredibly amazing! :)... so light is extremely important in photos! thank you for the information and for sharing..


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Absolutely beautiful photos my dear - you definitely have an eye for detail and framing! Love them - thanks for showing us your vision - awesome work!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi coffeesnob,

Thank you very much! Ha ha ha, now we have a mutual admiration society!

Hello pinkhawk,

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment! Yes, light is actually the most important element in a photograph.

Hi Enelle,

It's nice to hear from you again. Thank you very much! Your comment warms my heart!


lancen 7 years ago

hi Jill.. can I do this using my canon ixus 960 is? I love photography but I dont have enough money to buy DSLR. I hope you ca give me some advise about playing with the camera and maximizing its potential.. thank you so much and I love your photo works..


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi lancen,

Yes, you definitely can! You don't need a DSLR to take beautiful pictures. Most depends on the photographer, not the camera.

Sure, I will be very happy to help you. I started the same way. As I mentioned, following the light is the best tip I ever learned in photography. The other important thing is - know your camera and what it is capable of. Then you are on your way to beautiful pictures.

Drop me a line in my email (check my profile page) and we can talk. Check out my photoblog too (link is in my profile page).

Thank you very much for your comment. You have made me happy!


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

These pictures are very inspiring, thanks to nature and your eye for capturing this beautiful moments.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi cgull8m,

It's nice to see you again! Thank you very much for leaving an inspiring comment!


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Jill I am sure I will sound like a broken record , but I just love your photography ! I am comin to the Phillipines so you can take pictures of me for my photo gallery hub . And I will throw In a Pizza as a down payment for your work ! Those sillhouettes are awesome ! Your Pal Tony !


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey Tony,

That's great! Tell me when you are coming so I can take your photo. Then we can tell hubpages that 2 hubbers have met.

Pizza is good!

Thank you very much for appreciating my photography! You have made me happy!


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tim-tim 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing! Love the photos:)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello tim-tim,

Thanks for visiting and for leaving this inspiring comment!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Very beautiful pics. How do you take them? :) Thanks for sharing this to us jill of alltrades.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Emie,

Thank you very much! How do I take them? It's rather a subjective thing I suppose, but as I shared here, following the light is the most important aspect of photography for me.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Wonderful photographs Jill. You look through the lens with the eye of an artist. Another great time to take photos is when the sun has almost set yet there are no shadows. It is truly an amazing phenomenon that a photographer friend pointed out to me one night. There was a light dusting of snow covering the field behind his townhouse and not one single shadow, it doesn't happen often but I watch for it now. I also like to shoot into the sun, it creates very abstract images. Thanks for sharing your photography with us, you are gifted.

PS amazing how you got the sailboats to pose like that LOL

Your new fan, Carmen


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Carmen,

Thank you very much for your kind words! You make me happy.

Hey, I didn't know about that, about that special time where there is no shadow. I think I'll watch out for that. Thank you very much for telling me about it.

I'd like to see your photos. Do you have them in your hubs? I'm heading over there after I send this.

Thanks again!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

What a wonderful eye and fine skills you have as a photographer. I love every one of these. Thank you for sharing them with me. Beauty to behold.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines Author

James,

Such inspiring words! I really appreciate them because they are coming from a true artist.

Thank you very much!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

beautiful and inspiring photos. My husband is mad on photography. Sometimes especially when traveling around australia he would take as many as 700 photos in a day.

He would take pics of anything like 2 ants crossing the road as simple as that but the sunrise and sunsets that time of day and water reflections are the best.


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nikki1 6 years ago

love your photos. Just gave you a thumbs up.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Eileen,

Thank you very much for your inspiring comment. Your husband sounds great!

I also do that, take pictures of ants and other things that people normally don't pay much attention to. Check out my bugs hub and my ants hub.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello nikki1,

Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment. I really appreciate your giving me a thumbs up.

God bless!


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Moneylady 6 years ago from Texas

Hi Great work! I enjoyed reading this. Looking forward to more!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Hi Jill What fabulous pictures. The Philippines looks wonderful. Carmen's comment abut the "no shadows" time of day was interesting too. Thanks for sharing.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Moneylady,

Thank you for the visit and nice, encouraging words.

All the best!

Hello Gypsy Willow,

It's nice to see you again! Thank you very much for your heart-warming comment.


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Amez 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi again Jill of all Trades, which you have truly lived up to,as I read through your Hubs, and once again, your Hub, Photography - Painting or Drawing with Light shows a lot of Passion, and I loved the Sunrise and Reflection Pictures you caught on Film. Oh by the way I finally as you requested added Sketches I had done during the 80's and 90's most I had done are owned my others, I'd about 300 overal, some just redrawing of masters of the past, a lot just protraits from smaller pictures, some inner creations. Didn't sell to many, mostly gifts to friends.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Amez,

It's good to hear from you. Thank you very much for visiting and for your kind words..

That's great, I'll check your hub after this.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

You are truly an artist with light! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Love and peace

Tony


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello tonymac,

You are inspiring me with your comment. Thank you very much. It's great to see you again!

All the best!


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Painter Penfield 5 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

Beautiful pics!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Painter,

Nice to see you again!

Thank you very much for your appreciation. Maybe we can link up some of our hubs?

God bless!

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