Chasing light

Chasing light

Despite not getting much time with the camera these days due having to stop my kid injuring herself (talk about a Lemming!?!), I do feel that something has clicked in my head even without the camera with me. I guess that feeling is that I’m more able to think about light this last year. It’s not about camera settings or gear, I feel like I’m starting to understand how light works, how it behaves, how it refracts and how it can make shadows. While that sounds like something anyone can do, it’s hard to then put that idea onto a photo or into an idea.

Over the past few months I have been working with flash gear and some cheap reflectors I got from Amazon and they have helped me immensely over the course of the year to learn how to deal with light. Also keeping an eye out on the weather and understanding when a good day will appear has come in handy. Yesterday was a good example of this, it had rained the day before and so the following day was left with not just clear skies but it was also haze-free (something rare in Tokyo) leaving the skies clear for miles. With it being winter too, it means the sun is low in the sky and stays that golden orange for a little bit longer than it does in summer. Having that train of mind before picking up a camera is pretty useful.

Here are a couple of the shots I took yesterday, I think the light was just superb and for the first time in a while, I chased it.

Silhouette Gradient





Just the three of us

You spin me right round, baby.

This wheel was what I had originally come to shoot, though the light interested me more that the ‘kanansha’.


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