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Light can become an emotional partner in your imaging especially when you start to hear yourself referring to the light as… Sweet Light. Sweet light is just that, light that brings an emotional attachment to seeing the light. Too many times I’ve seen sweet light and no camera, I must have hundreds of images stored in my spirit waiting to see this light again with a camera in my hands. I’ll never forget flying to SFO from New Orleans with an intermediate stop in Salt Lake City, the captain started to circle and mentioned that a large cloud was covering SLC and after 30 minutes received permission to land and started the decent. As we flew into the cloud, you couldn’t see anything at all straight away, but sitting in a window seat I looked straight down and was able to see the runway. Suddenly, the captain decided it was too dangerous and started to ascend. As we flew out of the cloud the ATC tower was above the cloud with that sweet light and my heart sank as my camera was 18 inches above me in the overhead bin. These days I have at least a small camera with me during flights.
After studying light, light quality, how to control and use light effectively, it hit one day when I suddenly for the first time saw the light, and it changed my life forever as everything I see today, I notice the light, the light quality and even sometimes consider how I might process the contrast. Seeing light is one of the most exciting blessings in my life and it is this that allows me to wait for the Light, follow the light, and Make Light of Everything.