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Travel Theme: Illuminated

Without illumination, there would be no photography.  Even the worst pictures illustrate illumination.  That being said, shooting into the sun illuminates.  When the sun is blocked, an interesting outline appears.  I scooted under a huge anchor to take this picture.

Luau Kalamaku in KauaiIf an object is translucent, it acts like a filter shadowing what is behind it.  To me this looks like a little alien carrying a pappoose pointing its finger at something.  We had gone to a Luau in Kauai.  The grounds attracted us back the next day for closer inspection.

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The night before at the luau, illumination came from man-made lights.  Since it required longer exposures, the photographer has to be careful not to move.  When a tripod isn’t available, that is difficult, but the results can still be interesting.

Luau Kalamaku in Kauai

Slow motion shows up when illuminated.

Luau Kalamaku in Kauai

Some surfaces reflect back the sun or lights when the photographer shoots toward them.  Nothing behind or underneath the reflective object is visible.

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I visited Santa Monica to get this sparkly picture.  My bird friend is well illuminated.

Clouds change colors when illuminated.  Cameras capture the sun as it truly is, a gaseous object.  People everywhere take sunset shots and it seems that we never tire of them.

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Santa Monica at sunset combined both artificial and fading natural light to illuminate the ferris wheel.

I hope you enjoyed my beachy tour of lights.  To be further illuminated, click here.

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  1. P.S. That first photo is one I keep returning to. It is most intriguing. Especially reading what you were shooting out of! The space there looks like a slightly-melted rum bottle to me, with a palm tree inside it. Aye aye. Wonderful study of light indeed. Right, ta la!

    ST

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    • You love the Santa Monica Pier, MFR. This is more like what you had in mind. They wanted us to take their pictures, so I got to be a model photographer for a few minutes. Unfortunately for you the rest of the pics were on their cameras. You can see I wore a coat and long pants that night, and I was still cold. 🙂 xox

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  2. I like the photo of the ferris wheel at Santa Monica, I also miss the Venice Beach area. These were some of my hang outs being I only lived 45 minutes away. Great shot of the sea gull.

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  3. As a keen photographer I think about light all the time. Its a good topic to make us think and appreciate how we take light for granted. Very illuminating in fact.

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    • I’m glad. You were lighting up my phone this morning. It’s good to see Zoe’s face again. It’s been a long time! I’m struggling to get to blogging at all right now. After the conference I’ll have much more free time. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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