Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular Rays. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Sometimes photography is rather technical. My photos of the many chapels on the Maltese islands easily fits into that category, with the use of lens movements, tripods, filters, etc. I rather enjoy that process, perhaps because of its technicality. But not all photography is like that. Sometimes it’s really just a matter of being observant, finding those aesthetically pleasing vignettes and reacting with the camera. In these cases, usually, the less I think about the process, the happier I am with the result. I don’t mean that there is no technical merit to such photography, rather any technical considerations happen automatically (or subconsciously if you prefer). Knowing your gear well helps in these cases, knowing it so well that you don’t need to think about what to do.

Today’s photos are very much of this type. Both were taken on an evening outing to Castlerigg stone circle in Cumbria. It was a rather cloudy day, and frankly there wasn’t much of interest, photographically, at the stone circle itself or the fells behind. So I moved to the far side of the enclosure, to observe the sun as it moved lower in the sky. Its light broke from the clouds every so often, and I made several photos of the spectacle. The long telephoto helped a lot to isolate interesting compositions. Oh, and if you like this atmospheric phenomenon, there’s several more examples on this blog.

Crepuscular Rays. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

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