five minutes, rim light, and a whirligig: goshen natural light photographer

My kids really don’t like when I get out the camera to take their picture.

However, a couple nights ago, we were all outside enjoying an early summer evening. The sun was beginning to set, and the light was soft and golden. I wanted to experiment with rim lighting– where the subject is in between the camera and the sun. The sun needs to be low enough in the horizon for this to happen, so the timing was perfect. After cajoling my boys and promising I would only need them for five minutes, my youngest agreed to let me capture him playing with his new whirligig. (of course he needed to set the timer on his watch to keep me from going too long, haha!) In the first image, the sun is higher in the sky, so there is haze rather than rim lighting. It’s amazing how the position of the camera or the sun can create a completely different look by moving just a bit.

Here are the results. These photos have minimal editing- no filters or added color wash. Just a bit of sharpening for web viewing.

Giving myself personal projects is always so worth it. Taking the time and doing something just for fun, when there is no pressure of a paying client, is a wonderful way to grow as a photographer. It helps me remember why I pick up the camera in the first place– to capture beautiful moments of people I love.

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