Lens-Artists Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

Taranto Seafood Co, Apalachicola FL

The host of this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, Tina Schell, couldn’t have made a more profound statement for photographers at any level: it really is all about the light.

To love beauty is to see light.

Victor Hugo

Whether it’s soft, early morning light or rays turning everything gold just before sundown, light transforms ordinary objects into studies in contrast, all in a matter of moments.

Consider these photos taken in Apalachicola, Florida, one early spring afternoon. Near downtown, these old buildings — once thriving destinations for conducting business or serving vacationers — are now hauntingly deserted, but still magically aglow at sundown.

Boarded up but bravely facing the sun each day, this old building in Apalachicola remains standing, catching the last rays of the day.
Apalachicola FL: old building at sundown
Light and shadows are at play on this abandoned building that almost — if you use your imagination — has a facial expression!

Further away from downtown Apalachicola, shrimp boats at Mill Pond stand waiting for another longed-for run into blue waters.

Shrimp Boat at Mill Pond, Apalachicola FL
A play of light on boat #542409

For those who love authenticity, antiquities, and relics of another time, it just doesn’t get any better than these working boats in Apalachicola — a real find for photographers and boat lovers of all ages.

Boat detail: Mill Pond area of Apalachicola FL
Light and shadows play up common objects on a boat in Mill Pond at Apalachicola.

It’s that interplay of light and shadow that bring these boats to life. Or make you do a double take as you notice some items receding into shadows while others pop out, awash in afternoon light.

After staring at the long row of boats, we became enamored with how light played on useful objects — like these coils of rope and cable ready to be tossed out into deep waters. But in their relaxed state, they’re almost art forms.

Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too.

Beau Taplin

Perhaps it’s too much to say this mariner’s “at the end of his rope,” but what else would be appropriate for a day on the water, away from everyone and everything, doing what you do best? Definitely a good end to a good day.

Apalachicola FL: at the end of a long day
Packing up, heading for home.

And, of course, it’s all about the light!

For more examples of how light impacts photos, check out Tina’s blog, Travels and Trifles. If you want to add a post of your own, be sure to add the tag Lens-Artists at the end.

Enjoy the light!

Rusha & Bert

32 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

  1. Greenglobaltrek

    Wonderful collection of photos here! Couldn’t agree more. It IS all about the light and as an artist that’s the first thing one needs to look for! The lights and the darks. And as you’ve illustrated so well, very important photographic feature as well.


  2. Toonsarah

    Apalachicola looks like the sort of place I would love to take photos! I really like those old tumble-down buildings, but my favourites of your images are the close-ups of the ropes, cables etc – especially that last one with the rusting chain 😀

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks for the comment. I don’t know what it says about us, but we love old, decrepit barns, buildings, even ropes. I love those close-ups of roping just because I love the details and the natural look of things. We do have a lot in common!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much, Anne. I love old buildings, old ropes, old anything really! There’s a certain aging that just can’t be duplicated, unless it’s just more of the real thing. Appreciate your comment.

      1. Pat

        I have a few years of photos that haven’t been tagged so I’ve been working on that so I don’t have to spend so much time searching for those special ones. 🙂

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