Morning Light & Color – Walking Hollywood Park
As much as I’d like to stay in bed and keep warm on these increasingly chillier autumn mornings, duty calls. In this case, walking the dogs. As I’ve posted in the past, for those who’ve been following this site, my wife Bonnie and I have two retired greyhounds, Alex and Ava, ages 5 and 7 respectfully. They led lives as working dogs so retirement has not come easily to them. So every morning they rise with the sun and need to go to work, meaning one of us has to throw on some clothes and head out the door on a walk.
You’ll notice that there are three dogs in some of these photos. The extra greyhound is a new boy named “Lucky,” a wonderful 5 year old brendle who we are fostering for Greyhounds Friends For Life, the adoption organization where we have given a home to Alex and Ava and about whom I’ve done some news stories in the past for KCRA-TV news. He’s a great and incredibly loving little boy who is speedily adapting to life with humans in a house — and out of the kennel cage that has been his life.
One thing I do like about these walks, however, is seeing the Hollywood Park neighborhood in different types of light. I’ve always been very responsive to how different types of light can make a place look extremely different from day to day and time to time. I try to keep a camera with me, either the Android smart phone or a little Nikon Coolpix compact camera, at all times to capture these moments of light.
I say “moments of light” in the literal sense because light can be very fleeting, depending on the types of clouds moving past or the speed of the sun ascending and later descending in the sky.
These “snaps” are from a walk this past week, on Friday morning, November 18, 2011. The air was cool and crisp and the light very clean.
I love the very early morning and late afternoon light the most because the angles of the sun are so sharp. An ordinary autumn leaf on a square of pavement can take on entirely new dimensions due to the long shadow it is casting.
I include this under the topic of “lighting” because I feel that all light is lighting. I love the light that you use, that is there, that is natural and real. For me, 95% of all bad lighting is because it is created in order to be “creative” or that is added and brings attention to itself. Simplicity is best and most honest, at least for me. If you don’t know what I mean, then just look at any of the films of Terence Malick, who you can find written about on this site in the Categories and in the Post Tags columns on the right of the page.
Enough writing. Hope you enjoy the pictures.