Sunday, August 20, 2006

More light in the garden

perennial hibiscus
Light comes into our garden and gives us a pattern in the smallest ways. I confess I often find these moments of light when I'm looking at flowers through the camera lens. (I sometimes think I've spent way too many years writing about flowers instead of just living with them.)

But in any case, the light on this hibiscus was quite magical and the digital camera almost captured it.

It got the light - but it missed the magic.

So the main question is - how do we capture the magic in the light if not by camera?


At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Margi said...

You capture it with words...and you have done just that a couple of times over the past six months.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Nancy in Texas said...

I'm afraid you just have to be there, Doug. Anyway, I haven't achieved capturing the magic with my digital camera least we get the light.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Patti Fitzpatrick said...

Hi answer to your question "How to capture the light?". I don't think we are supposed to. I believe that we need to be told over and over to go and sit/stroll and enjoy the smells, sounds and sights in the garden.


At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Lorra said...

Ah, Doug, the mind captures the magic, the photo is to remind us of that magic.

At 12:37 AM, Blogger Dorothy Fuller said...

A good artist captures the light in a way the camera never can.


At 5:41 PM, Blogger firefly said...

Photoshop. (Seriously. It's meant as a 'digital darkroom' -- just as the printing process has a lot to do with the way film images come out on paper.)

To my eternal frustration, unless you have a digital SLR, you aren't really looking through the lens. You're looking at a preview from the chip after the lens sees it.

I'm constantly fighting with mine even on the manual setting because its focus zones often pick out something in back of what I really wanted to shoot.

Now that I have a real garden, it might be time to upgrade the camera.


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