Starting Point

A friend told me that the best times to take digital photographs are early morning and late afternoon, when the sun is bright and illumines everything with a golden hue. He is right. The pictures are all the better for the more generous play of clear gold light. I have never read that in a manual, though I suppose it is there someplace. It is common sense, when I think about it. Early and late light offer the brightest or clearest light. Everything looks more beautiful.

Gray days are good for pictures too, if you like shades of blacks and grays and whites. I personally like black and white photographs. I can better ponder the subjects of such photos; there is more "presence" to them.

It is said that God is light. We all seek God with the lights given us, no matter our beliefs. I am grateful for the morning and afternoon lights; it is easy to see at those times. We see with delight in the mornings and early evenings, and it is good. Most of life is the in-between time though: times of shade, overcast skies, diffuse light, lack of clarity. God is that light too.

I want to see better at night too, and to love what is there. God made both light and darkness. I tried to take a picture of the full moon. It was bright and it bathed the monastery fields in a soft, silvery light. The picture came out OK. Then I aimed the camera at the field itself, and the image I captured was beautiful. I had to place the camera on a fence post as the image took several seconds to settle onto the card. So even at night, if I am still and watchful, I can capture some light.

Life, I guess, is a lot like that. If I learn to be still and hold what I love with care, the little light that may be there reveals much. It offers its beauty even on the darkest of nights.

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