Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thematic Photographic- Soft Light

"There are two kinds of light- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures." - James Thurber


We shall glide through the gentle bliss of softness a bit more.

Carmi has requested soft light for this week's photo theme.

It's the mystery behind something, that is revealed only by the light before us.

I'll begin with a mystery afoot.  Let's follow Mr. Snowman as he braves the darkness with the Pajama people.

Some of you may remember this photo, that I took while visiting the magical winter scenes inside Macy's Department store in downtown Minneapolis in 2011.

Something was afoot, and the raccoons aren't sharing the secret either.  Although, they pointed towards the main gate, where I found this note.

"The principal person in a picture is light!"
 - Edouard Mante

View of Argenteuil
Painting by Edouard Mante- and his attention to light.

Good luck solving your mystery.
Signed- The Pajama People.

Every hue throughout your work is altered by every touch you add in other places.- Ruskin

Our mystery continues outside.

Just what is the mystery behind daylight?  Why does it appear so magical to me just before dusk, when daylight slips into the night?

Is it the glow igniting a fire within?

The answer is waiting just before darkness unfolds-

Can you see the one star shaped light in the dark row of trees?  It's coming from a neighbor's window.

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."-
Friedrich Nietzche

Once night falls, our chances of discovery are not as good, but stopping by the local pub may be refreshing for a brief spell.

My attention always falls on soft lights warming up the inside of buildings, or houses.  I like standing for long periods watching the glow of lights shining out of the darkness.  Don't you?

It's easy to do living out in the country, from my own back yard.

On a cold winter's night, those lights inside have a mind of their own.  The light even tends to fall softly outside the window and rest below our feet.

Going back to our mystery at hand, I sense a part two in the works. 

Yes, my thoughts are confirmed as the coloring on this paper clearly highlights that this post is -

to be continued.

If you want to view other soft light posts go here


Galen Pearl said...

I'm fascinated by your creative process. How do you take a theme and put the words and photos together? You have probably written about this before. If so, would you provide a link? If not, would you consider a post along these lines? I would be eager to read it!

Unknown said...

I truly love your early evening shot (the one with the neighbor's light).

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Let's follow Mr. Snowman as he braves the darkness with the Pajama people.


Cloudia said...

you tour us through light regimes, you hint at such soulfulness that we happily grasp your proffered hand, delighted in the kinship, friendship, belonging together

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Lisa Shafer said...

The shot of the bench is really nice.

Bob Scotney said...

There are two magical shots here for me - the first one of the clown and then the bench and the single light from the hedge. I'm always amazed by your words.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

love the dusk shot

21 Wits said...

Cloudia- Thanks for such a soft and gentle poem of friendship that will soften anyone's woes!

21 Wits said...

Lisa- Thanks, I posted another one like this that you also liked- it has such an inviting look to it! What is it about benches that is so peaceful!

21 Wits said...

Galen- thank you Galen- I sent you and email, for this comment!

21 Wits said...

R. Mac- me too! Only thing missing is one of my dogs in it! I had one but it wasn't as clear as this one!

21 Wits said...

Jerry- me too! That neighbor still has her outdoor Christmas tree glowing every night! It's so cool when I take my dogs out and catch it's soft glow!

21 Wits said...

Bob- thanks, my clown hangs on my guest bathroom- with his cheerful face!

JJ said...

Karen: All the photos are terrific as usual, but the clown is haunting. I love it and have a similar one hanging in our house, but it has many sides. It's like a combination of A Christmas Carol and Twilight Zone. Love it!

momto8 said...

your photos and commentary are fabulous!! very interesting!

sage said...

I like the Thurber quote and winter light at the edge of day is haunting.

Vicki said...

Beautiful shots and thought. My favorite ~ dusk. You captured the soft quietness of a winter evening.

Filip and Kristel said...

Very special effects with the light. Love the picture of the table.

Tomorrow we publish our blog commentator article of the month and you are on place 7. Thanks.


Snowcatcher said...

Ooooooh, I like this as a theme. Perfect photos you've chosen to illustrate!

tony said...

Karen, all your photo are brilliant + Your prose has a light touch.

Max Sartin said...

The dinner table is awesome, I love the soft focus in the foreground and background. And the bluish lighting of the snowman is great too!

carmilevy said...

I will think of this entry the next time I venture out at night with my camera. You are an amazing storyteller, Karen.