This is my response to the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo ChallengeMagical Light.  Join me for a photo journey of light across the seasons.

In Australia, our light can be very harsh.  Generally, if the light is too harsh for photography, it is too harsh for me.  Nevertheless, I understand intuitively that different colours require different light, and that some colours create their own light.

When red meets blue, a strong, bold light brings out the colours best.

Red Meets Blue

But when the colours are drab, morning light casts a spell.


Spring green softens the light.

Spring Green

Under cool grey skies, there is no light competition for this floral display.


In winter, grey brightens up your whites.

Grey highlights white.jpg

In the 1800s, every man and his dog flocked to Hill End and Sofala to dig for gold.  Now virtually abandoned, kangaroos and wallaroos outnumber residents.


But there is still gold in them thar hills.
These tiny towns are renowned by artists for their winter glow
(see the works of Russell Drysdale).

Hill EndGrey and orange.jpg

Always there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Autumn light has its own cachée, so I will leave that for another day.  My message is that all light can be your friend because it really does depend on what it is you want to show.  Sorry, terrible poetry but hopefully the photos aren’t too bad.

Kind Regards

26 thoughts on “Trip The Light Fantastic

  1. A beautiful sequence of light through the seasons Tracy! These moments all have their own magic and the golden glow over the hills beneath a pale blue sky is so lovely and inviting 🙂💖 xxx

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      1. I am totally a morning person, and solar powered, so I wake with the first light all year round.
        I’ve found my best sunset (and sunrise) shots are at beaches, where reflections of the light on water provide some symmetry.

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    1. You are making me giggle, Lois. I thought I just made that stuff up. 🙂 But now through your comment it has just struck me that nature has been a wonderful teacher. Whenever I’ve been a bit stuck with what colours I want to use in my mosaics, I just look outside and see what nature suggests. I’ve never been a fan of the colour wheel. Maybe my mosaic work has helped with my new interest in photography. Ta da. I’ve come full circle. Thanks for that thought, Lois. 🙂

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  2. I’ve always loved the look of white cedar berries against a grey sky, Tracy. There are good ideas to think about when taking photos in your post- I have to get out in my garden early to take photos, as later the sunlight is too harsh.

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      1. Melia azedarach, Tracy, native to Australia and one of our few deciduous native trees. A wonderfully tough tree, but now considered a weed in some places.

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