Light is the one thing that is essential to photography. The word Photography means literally, ‘drawing with light’.
“Photo” is derived from Greek – the Greek word “phos” means “light.”
The word “graph” also comes from a Greek word meaning “to draw.”
It’s kind of cool to think that I can take a shot like this one using just my Android phone and some available light.
How I found this shot
This oak tree is being illuminated by the sun’s reflection bouncing off of some kitchen windows a few meters away. The sun itself is directly behind the tree.
The light was so wonderful, I simply couldn’t resist asking my boys to strike a pose for me.
“Dad! Not again!” I could see it written on their faces.
A year ago I wouldn’t have thought of taking this shot, because, as a general rule you’re not supposed to shoot into the sun. But that’s the cool thing about knowing the rules.. because then you know how to break them!