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    photography is about photographing the light

    i can't say how many times i have spoken with someone, or read what they said or wrote to me
    and they say " photography is about nothing except photographing the light "
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    i was driving someplace this morning where i had to make a series of portraits and i looked out my window as i drove.
    i was on route 1 driving south along the coast .. it was between 8 and 9am and the sun was up and over the treeline and glaring off
    of the bay. the sun bathed the houses on my right as i drove south.
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    are photographs taken with a flash, or long exposures on a grey day about the light, or is it only the drama that is about the light?

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    Photography is about the light that bounces off of subjects.
    My blog / photo website: http://frankfoto.jimdo.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank View Post
    Photography is about the light that bounces off of subjects.
    Or goes through subjects.

    Or bends around subjects.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Light is essential to the process, but just a tool.

    We choose how to use it.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

    "We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin

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    Photography is about whatever you want it to be about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i can't say how many times i have spoken with someone, or read what they said or wrote to me
    and they say " photography is about nothing except photographing the light "
    I've never been able to decide if that's a truism, a thoughtless cliche, or a piece of wisdom that I haven't grasped all the layers of yet. Smarter people and better photographers than I have said it, and I don't really have the hubris to say "I know better" to all of them. But really, what *do* people mean by it---those who don't just mean "I heard this somewhere and I think it makes me sound smart", that is?

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    The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
    -The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_

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    Most of my images are about the light reflecting off objects/landscape. Occasionally they are about light reflecting off the subject.
    Last edited by Vaughn; 04-07-2014 at 12:22 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    For me, cameras are about capturing light. It's only one part of the big photography puzzle.

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    I think light in itself would not make a great photograph, rather the interaction of the world around us with light is what interests me and what makes me point my camera somewhere. For me "photography is about the light" means that when I find something that interests me, like a landscape or an object, I am curious to discover the almost endless ways it can interact with different qualities of light and how this can affect the mood of the final image.

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    It's about getting a good image, as it's a visual medium. Great light is essential, and that sort of light is fleeting. I like to shoot on the fly, but Ansel Adams used to set up a landscape shot and then wait days for the magic light to appear, briefly. His patience shows in the work. With photography, you are generally stuck with what is in front of the lens and with the light that you have to work with. You can modify all that, to a point, but that's what it's about..... that unique little fraction of a second in time.

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