A warm welcome to Sofia Alves as a new member of the Lens-Artists team. For her first challenge with us, she has chosen “Low Light.” For my post, I’m going back in time to 2013 when my fascination with low light photography truly began.
That year was a low point in my life. We had flown to Boston for several doctors’ visits and rounds of medical treatment over two months.
But one night, as Rich and I walked along Newbury Street, I captured this image of a sleek and stylish salesperson in a high-end clothing store. This photo gave me so much pleasure and my first taste of the power and drama of low light photography.
Years later, in New York I captured this image in an art gallery. I loved how the people in the shadows at the far end of the gallery and the vague outlines of the artwork on the walls created a feeling of mystery.
Just this week, I captured this view of the Zakim Bridge at sunset. Because it was shot through a window, I had to use the magic eraser tool in Photoshop to eliminate some of the reflections in the clouds. Then I used the dodge tool to lighten some of the white cables of the bridge and the roadway below. I love how as the sky darkens, lights pop up throughout the city.
This next image was captured on a walk one evening in Vancouver in December. I love how the trees are silhouetted against the sunset.
This final image of a monk’s cell in the Convent of San Marco, I wanted to convey the austerity and religious fervor of these men who have lived and prayed on this site since the 12th Century in Florence. This fresco was painted by the artist Fra Angelico in the 1400’s during a turbulent time in Florence history when the radical mystic Fra Girolamo Savonarola railed against the immorality of the times and encouraged Florentine citizens to burn all their books and items of wealth in an enormous bonfire, known as The Bonfire of the Vanities. Savonarola who lived and prayed in this monastery, was ultimately hung and burned in Piazza della Signoria in 1498. Given these historical events, I processed the image in black and white to heighten the sense of drama and the dim lighting.
The drama and power of low light photography continues to inspire me. I’m often rewarded on evening walks by intriguing scenes that are beautiful and mysterious. It’s definitely time for me to go out again, camera in hand, and hunt for glimmers of light in the darkness.
Special thanks to Sofia for leading the challenge this week. Be sure to see her post at Photografias. We look forward to seeing your Low Light images captured near your home or far away.
Once again, thanks for joining our creative community and sharing your thoughts and images with us. Last week, for John’s Change challenge, you treated us to many creative and beautiful posts. We invite you to join us next Saturday at noon when Anne Sandler leads our challenge at Slow Shutter Speed. Until then, I wish you a safe and inspiring week!