Light

Light is life. Life is light. As a photographer I can only work with light.

One of my favourite times to shoot is at sunset. It might sound a little clichéd but I love the warmth of sunset. The sun throws such a dramatic cast over the world as it is setting. It is wondrous and magical.

Above are some of my favourite photographs I have ever taken and they are all taken at sunset. And at each moment I took the photograph I felt like there was something magical happening to the landscape around me. I just had to capture it.

The main photograph is of the U Bein Bridge in Amarapura, Burma. It is the longest teak bridge in the world. At sunset the monks walk back over the bridge from the village to their monastery. It’s a stunning sight to behold. I love the silhouette and reflection in this image.

The photograph below was also taken at the same time after our boat had passed under the bridge. I caught the silhouette of this dead tree and the water. It’s such a simple and striking image.

Next along is a field of corn up in the North of Thailand. I was on a short trek, trudging through the farms and countryside when I looked back to this stunning sunset.

The next image was taken in the UK. We were driving along when I had to get the boyf to pull over so I could jump out and capture this wheat field in the sunset.

Above that is another image from Burma. They have really good sunsets. I had legged it up the enormous hill to Mandalay Palace so I could capture it at sunset. It was one of the most exhausting things I had done – I hadn’t gauged just how much of a walk and how pressed for time I would be. But as I was leaving Mandalay that day I had to get up there. As soon as I got to the top I was struck by this moment of stillness with this monk casually looking back against the stunning building.

And the final image is also of Burma, this time at Bagan. We had spent the day touring various temples (there are over 3000 there) by horse and cart before our guide stopped at a less visited one for us to climb up and watch the sunset. I took hundreds of photos just to capture this one. I think it captures our view really well.

Light is life. Life is light.

Happy Diwali!

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18 Comments

  1. 3 November 2013 / 10:21 am

    Oh, what stunning photos! Sunset shots are a cliche for a reason – when they are done well, they are simply gorgeous. Beautiful, colourful sunsets are just so special!

  2. 3 November 2013 / 10:25 am

    Sunsets are great to capture. Last summer while I was in Germany and we were staying in the mountains, we also climbed up one very early in the morning to see a sunsets on top of the world. There’s something really special about them, even when you don’t capture them and just watch.

  3. Jo Winwood
    3 November 2013 / 12:11 pm

    Those are beautiful images – you are so lucky to have travelled to such stunning places and having the eye to capture them.

  4. 3 November 2013 / 12:59 pm

    Oh how amazing! Looks like a wonderful to visit

  5. 3 November 2013 / 1:01 pm

    They are all beautiful! Light is SO important. I say this sitting in my sun trap of a livingroom, watching the winter sun shine and then be hidden by clouds.

    Happy Diwali to you and the boy also! x

  6. Catherine
    3 November 2013 / 4:11 pm

    Truly gorgeous pictures

  7. Em @ snowingindoors
    3 November 2013 / 4:48 pm

    Gorgeous photos. I do not enjoy the lack of light in the winter, it lowers my mood and makes natural light photography so much harder

  8. 3 November 2013 / 8:08 pm

    Beautiful shot. Just stunning. (I’ve updated my something I made post too with a how to btw!)

  9. 3 November 2013 / 8:17 pm

    Beautiful pictures – and I’m so jealous of all the travelling you’ve done. Love the mental image of you trekking up to that palace, racing the sun!

  10. 3 November 2013 / 8:21 pm

    Stunningly beautiful photographs… Love sunset there is something so magical about it.

  11. 3 November 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Beautiful photos.I love a good sunset 🙂

  12. 3 November 2013 / 11:28 pm

    What amazing photos!!! Such beauty! It’s so lovely that there are nice memories attached to them. I’m afraid I had to do yesterday’s challenges all in one post today as I had SUCH an awful headache last night but I did do a post yesterday in the morning, even though it wasn’t the specified one!!! Hope that’s ok!xx

  13. 4 November 2013 / 3:21 am

    I resonate with your need for light as a photographer. I make mosaics and light is what brings them to life. I recently finished a mosaic that said “Love & Light,” commissioned as a wedding gift. Two wonderful words together. Your photos are gorgeous, truly made of light and love.

  14. 5 November 2013 / 12:14 am

    Hey, I see we went for a similar spin on the light prompt. I love sunset and sunrise, I love a good cliche so I love to roll with it. As long as the picture is gorgeous as these are, then it’s all good. I also love how the sun breaks through a foggy morning, haven’t been able to capture that on camera yet though. It’s on my to do list. Lol xxxx

  15. 16 November 2013 / 12:15 pm

    I love these photos. I love light. Light is life.

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