This week’s photo challenge is Shine.
I like photographing against the light; in particular I like photographing trees and leaves against in coming light.
If the camera is set as Automatic, this usually poses a problem as the light sensor will sense there is strong light and the aperture will automatically reduce, giving a picture which is too dark.
I intend to upload a series of photos which has been shot against the light.
Here is a photo taken up in the hills of South Korea in the Autumn. I have never published it as it contains too much yellow and gold colors. Ideally, I like pictures like this with a balance of green or other colors; on this one, it not only shines, it glitters.
Hope my previous posts did not convey the impression that the fall foliage in South Korea are all red, orange and pink only.
In our trip, we did see a lot of fall foliage which are yellow or even golden in color.
Everywhere there are lots of Gingko and other trees which gave an impression of a Golden Autumn.
The following is a poem by a Chinese scholar, translated into English:
I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are
a little yellow, its tones mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged
a little with sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not
of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but
of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age.
It knows the limitations of life and is content.
I like Autumn and share the sentiment that – it knows the limitations of life and is content!
On a similar note, Yoko Ono did quote : Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.