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Ansel Adams once said that a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. He then went one to write volumes about his photographs, and he would apparently talk about them to anyone who would listen. So much for pithy quotes. Since this is my blog, I will ignore Ansel Adams, and I will use this space to share the stories behind some of my favorite photographs: what I saw when I created the images, how the photos came to be, and why they are important to me. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process. If you like what you see here, please visit my photography website: RobertBurnsPhotography.com

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse at Sunrise (Maine) 9-30-07

The composition of this image is deceptively simple, consisting of four elements: lighthouse, fence, sky and sea. But for me, it is all about the light. As I was making this photograph, the late September sun was rising to my left, bathing the scene with a warm amber glow. The resulting shadows in the window and cement add texture and depth to the lighthouse. The color palette, which is limited to shades of white, gray, blue and yellow, is reproduced in the sky, where the clouds form a mesmerizing back-and-forth pattern that grabs the viewer's eye pulling it into the picture and gently sweeping it out toward the horizon. Canon 20D f/16 1/15 sec. ISO 100 28-200mm lens @ 40mm  RobertBurnsPhotography.com