Guided by the Light

Solomon’s Island, MD
On a recent visit to Solomon’s Island, Maryland, I arrived under the disguise of  celebrating a birthday of a close friend of a friend. Arriving mid afternoon, did not leave opportunity for photography, but I scouted  the park for the ideal photo shoot for the golden light hour. Often described as 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

In the meantime, I ate everything my heart desired, including strawberry short cake, corn on the cob, salads of every variety and anything non-meat oriented.  After an hour of eating, and eating and tasting…. and checking the angle of the sun every 45 minutes, my promised golden hour  arrived.

I grabbed my camera and skipped to the fishing peer… The same pier I visited three times earlier that afternoon.

It was exhilarating to witness yet another sunset and continue to have the same breathless sensation as when I first recognized God’s Pallet.  Captivated by the pink, orange and yellow hues, accented by blueish gray clouds, my heart skipped a beat and I had to remember to breath.

I wasn’t the only person guided by the light.  As I walked back to the pavilion of my party, fishermen and their families skipped with a pep in their step as the sunset promised  another great evening of fishing.
Solomon’s Island Sunset


Light Moods

Tybee Island Beach in Savannah, GA

After the Storm Copyright 2010 Cynthia P. Hunter

A recent visit to Tybee Island in Savannah, GA was an awesome treat.  A partly cloudy day overcast with shadows created the perfect setting for creating moody light.  The water was marvelous with temperature of at least 80 degrees.

Typically, a photographer is quite cautious with camera equipment on the beach, especially on windy days.  Additionally, the midday light is not usually preferred.  But on this particular afternoon, there was very little wind or bright  sunlight.  A few miles south the clouds were threatening a storm.

In the distance, one could see the dark blue-grey clouds.  The light had a blueish grey cast. Perfect for creating a moody yet threatening sky.

Most beach goers took the hint and packed up their belongings to head for shelter.   I took the opportunity to capture the dramatic color of light in the clouds and on the water.  The brown pelicans that were previously diving for fish suddenly disappeared,  but to the dismay of my party, I lingered in utter joy as I clicked away.

Suddenly, I felt a sharp bite on my leg and observed an army of ants biting and climbing up my legs.  I danced and hopped along the sand screaming in agony while trying to balance my camera equipment and continuing to shoot the fantastic sky and ocean.  I guess I could say I was in a Light Mood.

Tybee Island Gallery