Catching light…

It is often said that it is light that makes a photograph. Without it, composition, technical skill and  a happy moment can pass almost unobserved.

I had a lovely day at my brother’s graduation from Newcastle University on Tuesday. On the long drive back we stopped briefly in Durham to take in the sights, exploring the cathedral before having coffee. Durham Cathedral ban photography, so my camera was slung over my shoulder for the most part. However, as I passed the lady chapel to leave I caught sight of the light streaming in through the stained glass windows and catching the face of a man below. For once I broke the rules. I think it was worth it…

I shot the image wide open on my 50mm lens, focusing on the nearest window. I wanted the viewer to be drawn to the window – the colour and the light first, and then to take in the man quietly contemplating – to be the observer in the observed scene. I’m looking forward to a cathedral wedding I’m hopefully photographing in 2011 and for the chance to use this type of lovely light at a wedding.

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