Finding the Light | July {Last Light}

The sun is sinking lower into the sky, you’re watching as the light goes from harsh light to that hazy, magical light. Magic hour, they like to call it. Just before the sun fully sets though, there is a real special kind of light – that last bit of light creeping over the mountain tops, through trees and flowers, around the bodies of your children as they play in the pool or lake. This light brings so much magic to ordinary things.

The last light of the day.

Or maybe, for you, last light is after the sun has already set. The sky might still be colored with leftover pinks, oranges, and purples from the sunset, but everything is dim now.  It is still light out, but the shadows and haze are gone, leaving everything evenly lit and usually calm.

Just the last bit of light before dark comes.

These are things that come to mind when I think of “Last Light”. What you might think of might be totally different – I’m always surprised at the different ways a simple light theme can be interpreted. Or it might not be different and that’s ok too. Each of our views are different – our literal views and the way we view the world around us. We all live in different parts of the country and world. Different landscapes, different neighborhoods, different people. Our experiences and the people we interact with shape the way we view things too. Our perspective is unique. No matter how much you think you might be doing the same ol’, same ol’, to someone else it may be exotic.

We all have something interesting to offer and I thoroughly enjoy seeing your contributions each month. I can’t express how grateful I am for the kind words and support you offer not only to me, but to everyone else we share this group with. I’m looking forward to embarking upon this seventh month of finding the light with you all!

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Freelensed with a 50mm. The flowers on a potato plant, just before the sun dips below the mountain. I kept my exposure low to add drama. Freelensing at this time of the day is my favorite.  


Capture a moment in window light, just before the sun is finished shining through it. Get low if you can, letting the lower part of the image fall dark.



The light at dusk provides a soft palette, giving a nice range of tones in this black + white image.  Taken with the sun behind me, after it had set below the trees.



Let the light get just above the mountain, let it filter through trees, let the fear of the light disappearing give you an adrenaline rush, allowing you to capture your surroundings with enthusiasm. Let the fear subside, and the moment take over.  Shoot from the heart, not from a set of rules.



 Be sure to turn around while the sun is saying goodnight to you. The trees and people are leaving shadows on walls, the light is making things glow in a different way. There’s magic to be found there, too.

  • July 1, 2015 - 9:05 PM

    Maggie - Love all of these so much! Such depth!ReplyCancel

  • July 4, 2015 - 8:06 AM

    Bettye Rainwater - so lovely. my favorite is the one with the light just above the mountain, peeking through the trees. magical.ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2015 - 7:26 AM

    Dominique MacLellan - These images are truly stunning! Thank you!ReplyCancel

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