Yesterday's Light

Images in Space and Time

Kicking a Dead Horse (Pucky)

The “low-light” version

Here’s a slightly different version of the same image (the one in the last post).  This one was taken a few minutes earlier, before the sun cleared the horizon and illuminated both the North Window and Turret Arch.  It’s not a bad picture.  In fact I like it.  I like it because of the two people standing on the edge of the North Window.  Without them, it’s difficult to get a sense of the size of these structures.

But the rock is a little drab, I think.  Maybe you disagree or maybe you don’t like pictures of rocks at all.  Still, it’s hard to argue with the notion that the light in the previous image is “better light”.

So why not use the best light possible?  Seems simple to me.


4 Responses to “Kicking a Dead Horse (Pucky)”

  1. Cedric

    While light is of course the primary factor of any photograph I know you know that it is not the only factor needed to make an image interesting. Things like contrast, depth, composition, subject matter, emotive expression all contribute and in turn the light contributes to each and everyone of those factors. As such this photo of yours Paul ticks all the right boxes just as the previous shot did but for a different overall effect. And that’s no horse pucky. 😉

    • Paul Maxim

      I agree, Cedric. I’d only add that all of the factors you mentioned do not, in my opinion, carry equal weight. As with everything else, some things are more important than other things. It ain’t an even split. In photography I’d say that light was pretty much at the top of the list. Just look at a copy of National Geographic – the light’s the thing that all of those images have in common.

      On a totally different topic, we met a woman from Australia 2 days ago at Lake Powell. I think she was from Sydney. She was also very interested in American politics. She said that we were the first ones she’d talked to who seemed to know (or care) about the current election. It figures. She knew far more about it than most Americans. And a very nice person. Much more so than a lot of the Europeans we’ve been running into!

  2. Earl

    I like this photo as well or perhaps in some ways more then the previous on of this subject. No it doesn’t have the “pop” of the previous photo but the people definitely add scale and it also pulls me through the arch to what lies beyond.


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