Thursday, March 26, 2009

Somewhere In The Atmosphere

Any photographer who diligently practices their art will eventually realize they take more of a certain type of shot. For some that is landscapes, or birds, or people. A lot of my subjects seem to come in waves. I'll do a lot of landscapes for a while and then it seems like there are so many insects popping up before my lens.

Lately, I've been a bit lost in the atmosphere. (Okay, no jokes from the immediate family!) I am ever fascinated by the sun, the moon, and the stars. For me it is as much the regulation of it, the daily sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset, that appeals to me. My family would agree that I am a creature of habit. I like certain things done certain ways, all the time, every time.

Burning Sun

Burning Sun


At night the sky here is just as amazing, with so much "up there" for me to see. A recent article in the National Geographic magazine (November 2008 issue) talked about "The End of Night". Its basic storyline was how much people, living underneath the "pervasive orange haze" of street lamps, have forgotten what the night sky is really like, how many people really don't get to "see" the stars, and how important darkness is to both society and the earth.

I am most fortunate to have this daily show before me each evening. The moon in its predictable courses rises each evening, sweeps across the sky, and sets sometimes in the morning clouds.

Bleary-eyed Moon

Bleary-eyed Moon


I'd like to think I could be one of those amazing star photographers who capture the glory of the starry night sky with its amazing shapes, colors, and forms. I'd like to expand people's notions of how awesome and huge the whole thing is. But instead, I'll have to limit myself to the occasional picture of the sun or the moon as it rises before me, and store all the plethora of other images of it solely inside my head.

Early Moon and Clouds

Early Moon and Clouds


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Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.