The light is mesmerizing this time of year. I cannot soak up enough of the colors and ever-changing afternoon light during these early days of autumn. This experience is bittersweet as I know that these moments will not last much longer. Winter follows autumn and with a long, cold season predicted once again I do what I can to prepare for achromatic, snow covered landscapes.
Recently I treated myself by ordering two stunning books from National Geographic. “Dawn to Dark Photographs – The Magic of Light” is a superb compilation of stunning photographs taken anytime from pre-sunrise to post-sunset. Nearly 400 pages of color and texture have drawn me in, each time fully capturing my attention.
From a photographer’s perspective I treasure each image with location and the artist’s name provided. While I am disappointed that not more information is available I consider this a learning opportunity in analyzing the possible settings of the camera.
The second book I purchased is “”Life in Color” also by National Geographic. This book is divided into sections by colors, including silver and gold. A captivating coffee table book that provides not only inspiring images but also offers insightful quotes by scientists and poets.
The cover image is a good indication of how the viewer is drawn in by the individual photographs so carefully selected by the editor. Once again my only criticism with this book is the lack of technical information, however much like in “Dawn to Dark” I carefully examine each image trying to learn from the composition by applying principles and elements of art and design.
Books are a passion of mine, these two additions to my photography library will brighten many upcoming grey winter days.