This week Anne Christine challenges us with Backlit photography. This is different from other genres, because we often face our light source while highlighting the back of our subject. It can be a little difficult to dance around the sun rays, but doing so can change the energy or mood of what we are capturing. Morning works for me.

The morning breeze has something to tell you, don’t go back to sleep. -Rumi

I get up with the sun just about everyday. To me it feels like an invitation. It is almost always quiet, and is a time I can gather my thoughts and think through the day ahead. Sometimes I wonder if the sunrise is the, Once upon a time, in our day. Who knows? But it is a story just the same, our story waiting to be told. Hmmm, do you think the sunset listens with the same intensity as a child floating into happily ever after? I can’t answer that either.

Sunset is wiser than sunrise, because sunset has added the experience of an entire day to his soul. – Mehmet Murat IIdan

When we travel, we are notorious for getting on the road early, and if possible, stop just before the sun rises. Even though we think we have planned this journey, we haven’t.

And isn’t it funny to think…I have never seen a sunrise the way you see it.

With hiking we arrive with the sun in an effort to be ahead of crowds. On this particular day, not only did I carry a formal gown for photos at Subway Cave in Sedona, two other photographers were set up for a sunrise shoot too. While I waited my turn, I enjoyed taking a few photos of this young lady with the sun shining behind her hair and dress. A gift of light indeed.

Your light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset. – Rumi

Sometimes backlit photography is about being at the right place at the right time. The feature photo of my granddaughter at her recent recital is a good example. Below the light shines through the windows and door of an abandon home in an old mining camp.

Open the windows and let the sunshine empower your soul. -unknown

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. Sir Francis Bacon

Be reminded…

Tomorrow is not promised, and the breath of life is not for sale. Use it wisely. – Gugu Mona

Wind Kisses, Donna

Thank you to Anne Christine for this fun look at Backlit photography. Be sure to visit her inspirational blog and her how to ideas to capture Backlit. I think you will be surprised at the places you can find photo opportunities. Remember to link to her post and use the Lens-Artists Tag so we can find you.

A special thank you to Patti as she encouraged us to tap into our creative side with Still Life last week. It was fun to see the varied interpretations, from all over the world. Next week, Sofia leads us. Join her at Photographias for some Moody fun.

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