the many colors of a grand canyon sunset with silhouetted twigs in the foreground

Photo Challenge – Capturing Exceptional Light

It may be cliche, but capturing light is the essence of photography.  Let’s face it, you could have the most incredible scene of the Grand Canyon before you, or a pride of lions, but if you have no light, you don’t have a photo.  Thus, when it comes to nature and wildlife photography you’re really taking photos of how the light hits your scene or your subjects.  It’s the light you’re actually capturing.

For this photo challenge it’s your task to showcase Capturing Exceptional Light.  Yes–A lofty ambitious, and ambiguous, too!  The best!?  But see, that’s where you come in, for it’s up to you to decide what the best light is for your subject or your scene.  Let’s see what you’ve got!

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Each month we will give you a theme or a technique to work on as a guideline.  Perhaps the theme is “Challenge: backyard photography” or maybe “Challenge: using fast shutter speeds”.  Then, it’s up to you to get out there and show us what you’ve got!

Each time we announce our monthly challenge, you’ll have a couple weeks to submit your star photo example of the Challenge’s theme.  Once a winner is selected, they will get a featured post on The Natural Photographer, along with commentary as to why this photo was selected.  Our hope is that this will be a great learning process, using your great photos as examples of how to master various techniques.

We’ll accept entries until the end of the day Sunday, August  25 at midnight, at which time we’ll begin reviewing to select the winner!

Please follow the instructions below to submit your photo: