Capturing Paradise

*** myPhotoWalk — Photo Tech Talk ***

Sometimes, on a myPhotoWalk photo shoot, I just stop in awe and wonder at the beauty of sunrises. Here in the Mojave desert where I live near Palm Springs, California, the array of colors and clouds illuminate the sky in unique and majestic ways. And the glow from the rising sun paints the sky with unlimited hues of orange, pink, and lavender.

The Mojave Desert (pronunciation: /moʊˈhɑːvi, mə-/ mo-HAH-vee) is a rain-shadow arid desert area that occupies a significant portion of southeastern California and smaller parts of central California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona in the United States.

How can I capture this most beautiful of creations that is a Mojave desert sunrise?

One of my favorite photography books is Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig. And in that book, Chris quotes Marc Riboud —

Photography is savoring life at 1/100th of a second.
Marc Riboud in Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig

I feel that I have a better chance of capturing the beautiful if I savor it.

Drink it in.

Appreciate it.

When I stop long enough to notice the details, then I begin to see, truly see the beauty.

Only then do I lift my camera to capture an image.

When I compose through the viewfinder, it becomes an adventure, especially with my Sony A6000. That camera has an electronic viewfinder. I heard one photographer describe the difference between an optical and electronic viewfinder. He said the electronic viewfinder is like looking at the controls of a modern jet versus looking through the windshield of a car. And it’s really true. When I first looked through the electronic viewfinder of the Sony A6000 I was just blown away. You see exactly what you are going to get when you capture the image. What you see allows you to get correct exposure and composition.

I also love the viewfinder of my Nikon D810. I find that I am drawn into the beauty of landscapes or the macroscopic world of flowers very easily with my Nikon. So I don’t want to say I favor one over the other. They’re just different. I love capturing the image with both cameras and enjoy the photographic experience they both offer in capturing God’s beautiful creation.

This image was captured with the Sony A6000. I happened to be driving back home after an early morning photoshoot out in the desert. And I saw the beauty of the sky and the sun glistening on the water and pulled over to drink it in. I grabbed my Sony A6000 just in case I might want to savor part of it “at 1/100th of a second” as Marc Ribaud describes.

In a single moment of time, I saw the combination of reflections on the water and the silhouettes of the trees. Just beautiful. I focused on the sky so that the darks of those reflections and silhouettes would be captured. Had I focused on the darkness of the water, the camera would have tried to compensate and slow down the shutter. I didn’t want that. I wanted to capture it as I was seeing it.

It was a wonderful ending to a great morning of photography.

So the next time you go out to shoot some images, slow down to savor the beautiful. And then capture it with your camera.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day.Darkness and light are alike to You.
Psalm 139:12

myPhotoWalk Technical

  • Title: Reflections At Sunrise
  • Description: Capturing reflections of the sunrise in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 05/20/16
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 16mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/80sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot in Palm Desert, California, USA..
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Topaz Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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