“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.”

                                                                                                                                                        ― Napoleon Bonaparte

The Sun, the most important source of light.

My desire to capture its warming radiance as it falls gently across the land knows no bounds.

Whether or not it’s included in the frame, its effect is present in almost every image I create.


Please sit back and enjoy the sun in all its glory.

81 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge The Sequel: Light Au Naturel

  1. Beautiful images from a fellow sun worshipper…I have often thought, especially when outside in the dark, awaiting the sunrise, how our ancestors couldn’t help but think of the Sun as a god or goddess. Sun = life on our planet, without it, we can’t survive for long.

    1. Thank you. It may surprise you to know I actually look forward to the shorter days. Sunrise actually comes at a reasonable hour, meaning fewer 1-2 a.m. departure times for a sunrise shoot. And even though I may be deep in the mountains, with a long hike ahead of me, with the sun setting only a little after 4 p.m. I can still be home at and in bed fairly early. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the long days of summer, but when it comes to photography, there is less wasted day between the golden hours at each end of the day.

        1. Yes! Of course a person can make a decent photograph in the middle of the day, but it is so much more difficult than just getting up really early or staying out really late. 😉

  2. You do well at capturing the brilliance of color in the photos. Are these raw captures or processed…just an ultra amateur photographer interested in how different photographers get their final result.

    1. Thank you once again. All of my images are captured to the best of my ability as far as exposure and composition are concerned. I prefer to “get it right in camera.” However there is a vision I have for every one of my images, and they are all processed through Lightroom and one or more of the Nik creative plugins before the finished photograph is shared here or on my Facebook page.

        1. If you’d like to learn more, or you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m more than willing to share what I’ve learned. I actually enjoy it.

    1. Thanks Jeff, and while I am pretty proud of that image, as my header image is always changing in a random order, it was pure coincidence that you happened to see this post with that image was the header. So now you’ll have to keep coming back to see all the header images 😉

    1. Thanks Jessica. The lighthouse is Nubble Light in York, Maine. The church/Christmas tree is the North Church in Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. And the candle was in my living room 🙂 Also, they were not all taken on the same day. Though York, Portsmouth, and my living room are close enough together that they very well could have been.

      As for camera, I’m a Canon guy and my current body is the 7D. Which I love! Feel free to get in touch if you’d like, I’d be more than happy to help in the camera search.

        1. Thank you. Enjoy your travels and I hope to see you again soon. There’s a really big mountain, at least by Eastern U.S. standards, that we need to climb. 🙂

  3. You’re the color man! My favorite is the lily pad lake. There’s something about lily pad foreground that really resonate with me, and coupled with the sunset, that’s a wowzie! 🙂

    1. Thanks Cris. That is my favorite place to photograph water lilies too. I only wish they stayed open late enough in the day to have had them in this photograph. Unfortunately they close up by late morning when the sun is high and hot.

      1. You’ll just to go around to the other side, use a really long lens and get them open at sunrise, if they’re open at sunrise. 🙂

        1. That’s the problem, they don’t open too early either. There is a very short window to photograph them between when they open up, the light gets too harsh for good photos, and when they close because of the heat.

              1. LOL Then you should have no trouble getting your lily blossom photos. I don’t trust myself carrying cameras into water. I’m too – I don’t want to say clumsy – but you get the idea.

                1. Oh I don’t have any problem, it’s just that every time I look at that sunset photo I can’t help but picture it with the bright white and pink water lilies in there.

                  1. I can certainly appreciate that. Still, even without the blossoms, they make a great subject. I don’t know why I like them so well.

  4. This is a fantastic series…it pays to get up early. I have to train our pups to stop getting so weird when I leave early to get sunrise photos. They get the “Hey a pack member is missing” syndrome.

    1. I know the feeling, though my biggest concern is my daughter. She totally takes after me when it comes to getting up early. I’m always afraid I’m going to wake her. I get everything packed and into the car the night before, that way I can quietly grab some coffee and go without too much noise.

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