Friday, March 19, 2010
Day Seventeen: Twilight Time
One of the difficult things about photography is simply how to make a good photograph. It's like anything else, it takes practice. One of the best things to do is to simply go out for a walk in your neighborhood with your camera. Photograph anything you find of interest. Take a lot of pictures and look at them. Try to figure out why some work and some don't. Now, let me give you a tip: Photography is all about light. That is the key ingredient. Light has many qualities that can make even the most mundane objects interesting. So, one of the things you can do is go for that walk at a time of day when the light is interesting. One of the things you can do to improve your odds of a making good photographs is to go for that walk at twilight time. That is the period of time when the sun has set but there is still a lot of light in the sky. It's not dark. It's luminescent. It's twilight time. Twilight. Say that word. Twilight. Just the sound of the word suggests something magical. Many people go out to photograph a Sunset and put their camera away as soon as the Sun disappears. Well, that's the time to start looking around you and try to make more pictures. The twilight period does not last long, so be observant, make some snaps. That light will add a special touch to your photos.
These two scenes I photographed last night in my home village of Chaumont, NY.