Thursday, January 28, 2010

Some Magical Light

This little tree resides in the community park near my house, where I walk most days near sunset after hard hours at the computer. Normally, this would be nothing to even turn my head for, but one day a few weeks ago, for a few fleeting moments as I was walking by, this beautiful light from the setting sun illuminated the tree against the colorful, wintery sky. This also was caught with my phone.. I truly regret I didn't have a "real" camera with me.. but hey, I think this is a lot better than nothing, even though it will be forever relegated to greeting card size prints.
Funny how it works.. sometimes you can travel a long distance, wait for hours for something to happen and then maybe it does, maybe it doesn't; other times you're just walking by and see something really incredible.. how often have YOU been in that situation and wanted to kick yourself for being unprepared?

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26 comments:

Susan said...

This is a stunning shot! And at least you had a camera on you, and the batteries were working! Great shot.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love shots of opportunity and this is a great example. The tree looks illuminated from within.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous capture! Like the others, shots of opportunity are the best! And this is a perfect example! Terrific! Hope you have a great weekend, Mark!

Sylvia

Loïc BROHARD said...

Hi Mark,
I have created a new group on Facebook called Photography Websites and Photoblogs, and I have "posted" about your 2 sites.
If you want to participate or join the group, or promote it, you're welcome ! Thanks for your outstanding photos !

The Retired One said...

I bring my camera with me now in the car wherever I go because I have missed shots before too!!

Carolyn Ford said...

I have kicked myself so many times! Your cell phone did an incredible job for your blog post...that IS better than nothing...I sure am enjoying it! Wow! That's nice!

Judy said...

At least you had your phone along, so you could capture it! I love that low angle light when the sun is near the horizon! It makes everything look different!

storybeader said...

it's a beautiful image, and would look great on a card. Isn't nature wonderful! {:-D

Dario said...

Cautivating picture, really nice!

Tara R. said...

Stunning shot! Perfect timing on the lighting. I've gotten into the habit of bringing my camera whenever I go out. Always hoping for that 'wow' shot.

Emm said...

Gosh, was that takenwith your phone??? It is a excellent photo! I love that light!

Light and Voices said...

Again, excellent image. You never cease to amaze me.
Joyce, IL, USA

Light and Voices said...

May I ask what camera phone you are using?

Susan said...

Lovely capture. Yes there have been times when I was cameraless and see that once in a life time opportunity for a fabulous photo wasted. It can be frustrating.

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Mark Alan Meader said...

Thanks a lot everyone!

@Loïc: Thanks, and I will check that out.. I don't have a Facebook account as of yet, but was thinking about that anyway, so will be glad to join your group.

@L&V: That was on my iPhone.. certainly not the best as far as cameras in phones go from what I've heard.. some are much better, but that wasn't my main concern in selecting it. At least it's always with me:)

Pokagon Member said...

bohzo (hello)

Great photographs! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with all.

Have a great day!

Mook said...

It's all two easy to push things to the side that we see everyday... the skill and "fun" is in spotting it. Lovely shot Mark!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Our trees by the lake turn that same golden color in November, at sunset. We call it the Golden Tree Hour, and pop a cork. It's the perfect celebration. I've never been able to capture a good image of the event however - maybe because of the wine? Hm. Must ponder. This photo is stunning.

Kcalpesh said...

This photograph should make a really beautiful seasons greeting card!! Awesome shot!!

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Poetic Shutterbug said...

That is an awesome shot and you caught it just at the right time. Stunning photo.

Gary Keimig said...

nice use of the light. Forground and background and the way they work together.
Love the clouds in your last post.

Patrick said...

Very nice Mark and at this size we can't devine it's not from a real camera.

I can't say how many times i was in that situation but i can say that the last one was about 4 days ago when i missed a stunning blue hour with pink clouds for just some minutes :)

PS : Your title made me smile :)

DK Miller said...

That is beautiful light. Nice job.

Linnea W said...

Amazing lighting! I always seem to be in my car and unable to stop when the most fabulous lighting falls upon the landscape. Oh well. I just take it all in and enjoy it while it lasts. You got lucky on this one though!!

earthtoholly.com said...

Oh my gosh, with your phone? I would've never guessed, though I don't have a trained eye, but still...that is gorgeous! A very beautiful skywatch!