drive photo lesson 15 – backlit Photography

evening cicada–

a last nearby song

to autumn 

~Issa (cited:

Nikon D750   f/4   1/15s   35 mm   100 ISO

For about a week I’ve been “fettered” by migraine variables that have had a negative impact upon all phases of my life.  During those moments of more clarity I’ve mentally processed Raj’s 15th xdrive photo lesson with a bit of tribulation.  The heightened sensitivity to light hindered any motivation to pick up my camera and position myself where the source of the light would face my camera.  Oh…ouch…  Yet, as I watched last night’s sunset I found myself awed by the colors of the sky and able to recall Raj’s words, “backlit conditions allow us to create great silhouettes. Sharp focusing on the objects whose silhouettes you are shooting is very important…”

The initial raw image was created with the camera set on manual.  Post-editing included cropping, adjusting dark and light settings, contrast, and nudging saturation, clarity, structure, as well as, sharping.  I also went into Color Efex Pro 4 and played around with tonal contrast, detail extraction, and reflector Efex.

Thank you Raj for this assignment as I was able to move away from myself for a few minutes and connect with the beauty of this backlit evening sky.



why cling to…

We live

in a tide-swept inlet,

floating, flung.

In such a world, why cling to

collections of poems?

~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

Nikon D750   f/6.3   1/8s   35mm   100 ISO


autumn with basho

Will you turn toward me?

I am lonely too,

this autumn evening.

~Basho (F. Bowers, The Classic Traditions of Haiku)


I felt compelled to update this earlier post to invite you to visit LdG luciledegodoy  who earlier noted my image inspired her to post a photograph she created a few days ago. I invite you to hop on over to visit her post and while there listen to Eva Cassidy’s wondrous voice and the story of her life.

just to see you…

I’ve traveled

that dark path to the world

which comes down from this mountain

just to see you

one last time.

~Izumi Shikibu (J Hirshfield & M Aratani, The Ink Dark Moon)

Nikon D750   f/10   1/200s   66mm   100 ISO

autumn’s twilight

Going through the gate

I also am a wander

this twilight in autumn

~Buson (Y Sawa & E Shiffert, Haiku Master Buson)
sunburtstIt began that first Halloween in Des Moines, Iowa, when I found myself wondering if the ghost, goblins, and witches that appeared at my door were also messaging the onset of seasonal changes.  It was that year as my daughter’s Halloween costume was atop layers of clothing and hidden by a winter coat, I first noticed–and then again during later years in Wyoming and Colorado–that Halloween is often accompanied by a significant drop in temperature that generally lasted well into spring.

Today, the November 1, 2017 edition of Aljazeera reported that while Halloween is not recognized outside the western world “the date is climatologically significant in that it ends the three-month climatological autumn. Figures will now be confirmed and compared, by climatological statisticians, with autumn seasons from previous years.”

Additionally, at the end of October:

The Indian monsoon withdraws to the tip of India and Sri Lanka and the second cyclone season begins in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The Australian cyclone season officially begins.

Both Australia and South Africa have seen particularly stormy spring seasons and are settling now into summer.

China has entered its winter season with the northeast monsoon now prevalent. In the United States, the last few days of October brought some proper snow to the northern states.

Northern Europe has been battered by a windstorm followed by a big drop in temperature. The system responsible is still covering Belarus in snow. Western Europe, and in particular Iberia, is yet to realise the change of season.

Sometimes one’s private musings do have a bit of merit.