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.
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."
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.
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.
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".