Water and Light

The idea of writing with light is nothing new to photography, the very word itself means to paint with light (from the Greek photo, meaning light, and graphos meaning write), the most successful photographers through time are ones that have incorporated an effective use of light in their work.

While reading through the Sept. issue of Rangefinder, I found myself re-visiting the subject yet again, and with artists who I’ve seen and admired before, including Clark Little and Eric Curry (you may have seen Eric’s work featured over on David Hobby’s Strobist site periodically…brilliant lighting setups!).  The whole idea gave me a moment of pause – how much of my own work has been cognizant of the power of light? (It was a very Joe McNally/National Geographic type of moment if such a moment could be attained by an aspiring one rather than successful ones like those mentioned above.)

Nevertheless, taking cue from their inspiration, I perused my own portfolio for the theme of light.  It was actually quite extensive, so much so that another theme had to be incorporated to pare things down further.  Since Clark Little’s work has always been a source of inspiration and envy, I decided to go with a water pairing.  How have I managed to capture both water and light effectively?  The exercise was a good one, and looking at your archives with a new vision or perspective has always been one I encourage.  So, without further ado, here’s my take on combining the themes of water and light:

As inspiring as it was for me, take this cue as a source of inspiration for yourselves…pick a theme (or two), and peruse your archives (or go shoot with the theme in mind), and see where your creativity will take you.  Got ideas for creativity along these lines?  Share ’em in the comments too, as ideas for inspiration are all around us.  Check out what everyone says in the comments section below!

Happy shooting all, and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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2 comments for “Water and Light

  1. September 13, 2010 at 8:30 am


    Water and light. What a great subject. And I’ve got a friend’s work to share with you. This guy makes me jealous all day long, and I’m lucky enough to shoot with him regularly.

    Josh Gosell is one of those “masters” of low light photography. He’s also in the middle of a new project involving fire dancers and water. Last week he built a stage in his back yard to take the project further.

    Oh, PS…..he’s a Nikon guy, but I forgive him.

    Josh’s blog and images can be found here.

    I think anyone who looks at his images will agree….he’s really got something with water and light. 🙂

  2. September 18, 2010 at 6:08 am

    SO I think that what I really love about water is that it gives a textured reflection, both of which make interesting elements for pictures.

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