WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

11 January 2013


1. A Sliver of the Moon, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. A Sliver of the Waxing Moon, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Sun on the Red Clay Creek, iPhone 4s, January, 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Sunbeams on the Red Clay Creek, iPhone 4s, January, 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.


Lighting is a key to a successful photograph. Whether it’s an artificial or natural source, it can bring magic that is startling, subtle, peaceful, agitating, mesmerizing, quieting, calming, mundane or…Mostly, contrast builds by the pitch of the light that can set the stage for blatant or secretive narration. I love playing with Mother Nature’s illumination, and was especially pumped to learn that it is the theme of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

In the Lens section are two images that are my entries. The first was taken in mid-December when the moon was seen as a sliver of its full self. That new waxing moon was potent enough to stun the night. Illumination was so bright as to cause multiple reflections, which were spell bounding.

Yesterday I headed for the Brandywine Creek State Park. It was late morning and I drove along an area of the Red Clay Creek where the sun was beaming down upon the waters. The second image shows le soleil sprinkling a rainbow of illumination gloriously wide and long.

While we have had few sunny days this winter, yesterday brought perfect light that enveloped every very inch of the landscape, warming and tenderly nurturing. I felt it deeply and thoroughly.  

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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34 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

  1. eof737 says:

    Fabulous shots all! 😉

  2. Shutterbug Sage says:

    The second one, although I’m not sure I can articulate why. I love the reflection of the moon in the water and the way the light rays show the colors of the rainbow. The photo just seems to have much more to say than the first one.

  3. Mesmerizing, playful, magical!

  4. marialla says:


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  6. I love the light in these photos! Lighting is key to photography and I love how you’ve executed this in relation to your writing. Wonderful post! 🙂

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  8. Two great shots but the second one is my favourite. It has such atmosphere and a little mystery.

  9. kz says:

    both shots are gorgeous! mystical..

  10. ancientfoods says:

    Number two is my favorite. Very ethereal,and tranquil. Such an image would be good for meditation.

  11. Veronica Roth says:

    Nicely illuminated. 🙂 I prefer the second image and love the sun ray effect you’ve got there; the dirt spot on your lens or sensor just to the left of the moon images bugs me. (I know, who needs an OCD critic!)

  12. Jo Bryant says:

    both great shots but that moon is incredible

  13. I love the shattered rainbow colours of the second image. Beautiful!

    • Julie, thanks for your visit and the comment. I was driving along a country road with the creek to my right. I had to stop, because the beams of light were so powerful.

    • I appreciate not only the second photograph itself, but Julie Dawn [how appropriate] Fox’s description of “shattered rainbow colours.” Did your eyes see those colors too, or were they created by refraction inside the lens?

      • I saw a faint “rainbow” effect and it became more pronounced on the upload. I am sure that the refraction from the lens made what was slightly visible even more visible. Thanks.

  14. Allan Smorra says:

    The photo of the moon looks like a stack of coins lighted from the lower right-hand side. I love the colorful rays of light in the creek photo and the reflection of the water that moves the eye back to the top of the image. Well done!

  15. First one, of the moon, is just spectacular! how on earth did you do that? ha! magic lunar trick! Love it!

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