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Monday, December 6, 2010

Light

Sometimes bad light can be incredible light. Seeing the light is an invaluable part of the job. Whether it is a high school gym or bright sunlight, photographers must be able to expose for the light. One common attribute in the portfolios of great photographers is an eye for the light. Whenever I’m on an assignment, I pay extremely close attention to light. One thing I always look for is contrast. Brightly-illuminated subjects in a dark space can really add an element of drama in a photo. This is something I look for at every assignment I photograph. Here are a few examples from the past year:

Master Gunnery Sgt. John Lund, a member of the Marine honor guard, listens to a memorial ceremony for Sgt. Jeremy McQueary on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center in Nashville, Ind. Lund, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and Iraqi War, folded a flag in McQueary's ceremony. McQueary, 27, was killed in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Feb. 18.

Master Gunnery Sgt. John Lund, a member of the Marine honor guard, listens to a memorial ceremony for Sgt. Jeremy McQueary on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center in Nashville, Ind. Lund, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and Iraqi War, folded a flag in McQueary’s ceremony. McQueary, 27, was killed in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Feb. 18.

Indiana coach Tom Crean waits for player introductions to begin before a game on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Assembly Hall.

Indiana coach Tom Crean waits for player introductions to begin before a game on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Assembly Hall.

Round Rock Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, throws to a Sacramento batter during his first minor league start at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Lyles is one of the Astro's top prospects.

Round Rock Express pitcher Jordan Lyles, age 19, throws to a Sacramento batter during his first minor league start at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Lyles is one of the Astro’s top prospects.

Black Key Bulls rider Ren-Jay Shei makes his way through turn three during Little 500 Individual Time Trials on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The Little 500 is an annual bicycle race pitting top student teams against each other in a 33-team field.

Black Key Bulls rider Ren-Jay Shei makes his way through turn three during Little 500 Individual Time Trials on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. The Little 500 is an annual bicycle race pitting top student teams against each other in a 33-team field.

St. Francis players watch as a teammate connects with a pitch during a game against Indiana on Friday, March 26, 2010, at Sembower Field in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 7-3.

St. Francis players watch as a teammate connects with a pitch during a game against Indiana on Friday, March 26, 2010, at Sembower Field in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 7-3.

The Explosion of the Minds bassist Mercedes Salazar sits in the corner of a recording studio with her bass guitar as she waits for her group to start a recording session during Rock Camp USA at the Austin School of Music on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

The Explosion of the Minds bassist Mercedes Salazar sits in the corner of a recording studio with her bass guitar as she waits for her group to start a recording session during Rock Camp USA at the Austin School of Music on Wednesday, July 21, 2010.

Leland Smith, a local painter, works on a piece under a canopy as a drizzling rain mists the area during SoCo First Thursday on Thursday, July 1, 2010, along South Congress Avenue. "I gave it up for 20 years," Smith said of his work, but says he is painting again after the hiatus.

Leland Smith, a local painter, works on a piece under a canopy as a drizzling rain mists the area during SoCo First Thursday on Thursday, July 1, 2010, along South Congress Avenue. “I gave it up for 20 years,” Smith said of his work, but says he is painting again after the hiatus.

Dale Flatt, an organizer with Save Austin's Cemeteries, walks through an older area of Oakwood Cemetery on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Flatt, a Austin firefighter, works to preserve and restore old headstones and grave sites through the organization.

Dale Flatt, an organizer with Save Austin’s Cemeteries, walks through an older area of Oakwood Cemetery on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Flatt, a Austin firefighter, works to preserve and restore old headstones and grave sites through the organization.

A man shields his eyes from the sun as he watches a minor league baseball game between Round Rock and Omaha at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on Monday, June 21, 2010. The two were some of the only fans to sit looking into the sun on the first base side before sundown.

A man shields his eyes from the sun as he watches a minor league baseball game between Round Rock and Omaha at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on Monday, June 21, 2010. The two were some of the only fans to sit looking into the sun on the first base side before sundown.

Yuri Kelly performs a dance at the Round Rock Juneteenth Festival on Friday, June 18, 2010. Friday night performances and a talent show were a prelude to Saturday's parade and festival.

Yuri Kelly performs a dance at the Round Rock Juneteenth Festival on Friday, June 18, 2010. Friday night performances and a talent show were a prelude to Saturday’s parade and festival.

Levee Town guitarist Brandon Hudspeth talks to the crowd after his band finished their set on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at the Illinois Blues Festival on the Riverfront.

Levee Town guitarist Brandon Hudspeth talks to the crowd after his band finished their set on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at the Illinois Blues Festival on the Riverfront.

Sophia Jefferson performs a gospel song during the Gospel Jubilee on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at the Riverside Community Church. The program, sponsored by the Peoria Area Community Events, featured local musicians and speakers.

Sophia Jefferson performs a gospel song during the Gospel Jubilee on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at the Riverside Community Church. The program, sponsored by the Peoria Area Community Events, featured local musicians and speakers.

Yoga instructor Anna Gieselman leads a group in a stretch during a donation-based class on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Casa de Luz. The classes are part of Community Yoga, which collects donations and uses the proceeds to teach yoga to underprivileged citizens who can't afford the classes.

Yoga instructor Anna Gieselman leads a group in a stretch during a donation-based class on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Casa de Luz. The classes are part of Community Yoga, which collects donations and uses the proceeds to teach yoga to underprivileged citizens who can’t afford the classes.

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