Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

The Speed Of Mountain Light


Cloud Wrap

Photography is all about light and shadows. Nowhere does that change quicker than in the mountains.

You can look at a scene and by the time you get your camera out, it is now different.

Late Afternoon At Leanchoil

Seemingly in the blink of an eye the whole mood of a scene can change. The way the sun is coming through the clouds can continuously evolve as you watch. Sometimes it gets better, with the color becoming richer and more brilliant; other times, you have already seen the peak light and things just fade. Timing is critical.

Sunset Over Kicking Horse Pass

Getting to where you want to take pictures and being there at the right time of day, is the best place to start from.  It goes back to the great old answer to the question; How do you take great pictures?  “F/8 and be there!”

In the best light…

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3 responses

  1. Hi.

    You said: “Nowhere does that change quicker than in the mountains”. You might be right. Also on Arctic area changes can happen soon. I You look at two first photos from world’s biggest SnowCastle, I was there just in time.

    http://sartenada.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/snow-castle-2011-castillo-de-nieve-2011-chateau-de-neige-2011/

    Happy week-end.

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    February 18, 2011 at 06:33

  2. Nice to meet you last night John. Always nice to put a face to a blog. Mike from Sundre

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    February 19, 2011 at 10:46

    • Great meeting you as well Mike! Thanks for being a loyal follower of my blog.

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      February 19, 2011 at 23:26

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