Finding beauty at home.
In January we made it out to Steveston, a short drive away. I liked the mood of winter light on this fishing boat.
In February I peeked in a metal shop on Granville Island and saw these dark tools, white rag and metal screen.
Spurge (Euphorbia) with a bright lime grin emerges in March.
Subtle shadowing on these pink Camellias in full bloom in April.
Macro of pink Clover in May, part of my fascination with scruff by the side of the road.
At a June party on the deck my friend was looking at all the odd but wonderful things I had photographed earlier in the year and asked me, “How do you see these things?” “Just look up,” I answered and she said, “All I see is a scuzzy green umbrella.” So I took a photo of our scuzzy green umbrella in the early evening light and this is how it turned out.
July brought endless days of sunshine along with deep shadows in this smooth green agave.
It was a smokey August when we headed out to Banff. This waiter at the Magpie and Stump was run off his feet, running into the bright kitchen and coming out the swinging door into the darkened restaurant with plates of food. It took almost a dozen tries to get a decent shot of him in mid-motion.
Decorative screens cast patterned shadows on a dark red table in the September Moon Festival at Sun Yat Sen Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
A damaged bollard found on our October walk to New Westminster’s Art Crawl.
November light in my studio behind the curtain.
Rope-wrapped wood pilings covered with green algae at the ferry dock in December.
More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Photos of 2021.
9 thoughts on “It’s All About the Light: Favourite Shots 2021”
Excellent, unique photos. The Spurge does well as the banner.
That spurge has such an evil grin!
Beautiful photos. Love that spurge and had a moment of shudder at the light that gave you a nazi flag in a chinese restaurant
In China, this symbol, later used by the Nazis, represents a bat. I have copied a small google bit about it.
Bat: Called bianfu in Chinese, the second character, fu, is a homophone for good fortune (also pronounced fu); it also symbolized longevity and happiness. Red bats mean “widespread good fortune” and five bats are a wish for the Five Blessings: longevity, wealth, good health, virtue, and a peaceful death. Bats and the swastika mean “ten thousand-fold wishes for good fortune and happiness.”
Great photos Elizabatz.
Ahh, glorious! The perfect answer and the perfect response photo. 🙂 I love many others too, especially November.
The windows in our studio are in terrible shape and as a result the curtains are horribly (beautifully) stained and scuzzy – I take a lot of pictures of the light coming into the studio…
Your eye for the light, and its effect interesting objects, is as good as anyone I know Elizabeth. I did get a chuckle over “how do you see these things?”. One of my favorite things about good photography is that it truly does train the eye to see. I once read an interesting comment by a photographer I follow who said unfortunately he now views the world through a virtual 4×6 frame 😊. Wishing a happy, healthy New Year to you and yours.
I am doing a sketch a day for every day in January – doing the sketches make me realize that I still have a lot more to learn about how to see