This week the assignment is an image using strong back lighting to create a silhouette. This is one of my favourite types of image. It can be so dramatic.
Or capture the light streaming toward you through leaves or foliage. This immediately brought back vivid memories of a day on our trip around Australia. More on that later…
This week's assignment - Use strong back lighting (i.e. shooting towards the light source, but do not look directly at the sun) to create a contre-jour image where the subject becomes a silhouette, OR shoot the light through flowers or leaves creating a transparent effect. These first two photos were taken early morning on Burleigh Beach. The first one is at the southern end of the beach when this young woman appeared to be meditating as the sun rose. (Jack took this photo) The second one I took of the iconic silhouette of the Burleigh headlands national park and the Norfolk pines. This one is a sunset caught on the way home from Grafton. It was the weekend of the disastrous wild fires and the sky was lit with an eerie glow. Now I would like to take you on a trip down memory lane... The year is 2010 and we were 3 weeks into our year long road trip around Australia.It was late afternoon and we were looking for a place to stay the night. Here is a quote from my Gypsy Life blog..."
On Friday we stopped at 3pm at this rest area along the Burnett Highway, for a cuppa.There was a small table but It had no facilities, not even toilets, Maybe that was the reason it was so tidy. The grass had just recently been cut and we walked along a track into the bush area taking lots of photos.
It had such a peaceful atmosphere that we decided to stay for the night. I had to pee behind a tree, and Jack went into the bush to dig himself a hole. It was really getting back to nature, we loved it…
Next morning, when I looked out from the van it was an ethereal world with the bush disappearing into a world of smoky grey. The area was cloaked with mist. It was pure magic. One of those moments I will remember forever.
Without waiting to get dressed I grabbed the camera and Jack jumped out sketch book in hand. We were all alone, there was not a sound, no birds singing, no breeze rustling the leaves of the stately gum trees, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Dewdrops sparkled like diamonds on every stalk of grass. Spiders webs were draped everywhere, glistening and iridescent. Gradually the sun started to pierce through the mist.Bird song started to fill the air.
We went back to "Matilda", our home on wheels, and made a cuppa and watched as the sun painted the colours back into the surrounding foliage. We had lots of magical moments on the journey around Australia. Thank you Jude for this assignment that brought these memories back for me. ************************* I'm enjoying this photography challenge Jude has set us. Go here To see Jude's examples and how to take part. *************************** I've had a few problems and frustrating moments putting this post together. It seems to have a mind of its own now WP are changing the format. Grrrrr.... I've just checked this post on my Ipad and it seems to have done weird things with the format, and this was using the old format, I haven't even attempted to try the new "block editor" yet. I hope you can all read it. Please let me know if it is ok for you.