Today I’m submitting both for Cell Pic Sunday and Lens Artist Photo Challenge #162, It’s All About the Light. I’ll be comparing the light and photography of Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ at several times of day, and of the year, using my cell phone, and my Sony camera, and adjusting the white balance in the Adobe product Bridge.
Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.George Eastman
It’s All About the Light
The amateur photographer in me doesn’t motivate me to get up at o’dark-thirty and take pictures. I am strictly a middle of the day photographer. However even at that time, lighting makes its appearances. This duck appeared at 3:46 pm on August 19, 2021. I caught him with my iPhone 12. There was a shadow from a shade shelter that changed the color of the water dramatically.
If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.John Loengard
I took this image the same day, the same time, with my iPhone turning a different direction. The first picture is without any processing adjustments, and in the second one I adjusted the white balance in Bridge.
Wherever there is light, one can photograph.Alfred Stieglitz
I like this quote. It doesn’t limit photography to a specific time or even specify a purpose for the photography. My goal in photography is to try to find pictures that interest me and angles and lighting that can make them more interesting to others. It’s hard to take a really bad picture at Watson Lake because the Granite Dells are such a unique rock feature. I took this picture with my iPhone near the same time and on the same day.
Three days later we have the privilege of bringing Terri Webster Schrandt and her husband to see these same views. Her husband asked if I wanted to get the hair out of my face. My face is looking much better, almost clear of any bruising, but I opted for more hair, less face. This is our glamour shot. Vince took this with his iPhone on 08-22-2021
On this day I three days after the cell pictures, I used my Sony camera and shot in camera raw then processed in Bridge just as I had processed the photos above. The location is almost identical as you can recognize the large rock on the left side but the time was late morning rather than late afternoon.
The wind and the location of the sun blew away all the reflections from what had been there three days before. In spite of the fact that this is not a point and shoot like my cell phone, to me the picture is not as interesting due to the lighting at the time of day.
This last Watson Lake photo was taken on 12-20-2020 at 1:29 pm with my iPhone 12 mini. I faced left rather than right as I shot the picture from the dock.
This next picture faces the same direction on 8-22-2021 to compare summer and winter. The most obvious comparison you will notice is the level of the water. Fortunately, lots of monsoon rains have raised the level of the lake. The color of both the processed and unprocessed rocks are different from winter to summer. Clouds dotted the horizon in summer, but not on the clear December day.
Honestly, I just think we all have special gifts, everyone. You know, obviously, some are more noticeable than others and that’s why there’s the limelight. Everybody’s in it.— Kelly Clarkson
Ta da. Vince found a unique park just inches from downtown Prescott. The mini-theatre caught his attention. I snapped a quick picture with my cell phone at 4:30 p.m. placing him in the limelight in front of an appreciative audience of one. Notice the late afternoon shadows are starting to elongate.
Thanks for stopping by to visit.