Monday, November 1

The Light

One look at this image will tell you why I want to live and work in Scotland. See the beautiful late afternoon light raking across Edinburgh Castle? Look at how it defines everything and creates just the right amount of modeling and contrast.

Now look closer. This is a screen capture from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website. It was grabbed today at 6:00 a.m. Kansas City time, or 11:00 a.m. Edinburgh time. This delicious late afternoon light is in the middle of the day on 1 November. Granted the day is short, and the weather a tad unpredictable, but still ...

According to WolframAlpha, Edinburgh (55.95 degrees lat.) is the rough latitudinal equivalent of one time zone north of Kansas City (39.0763 degrees lat.). One hour equals 15 degrees latitude. Even in the dead of summer, the light is way sweeter than in the sub-tropical forests of Missouri. Toss in a few high clouds, and you have a perfect shooting environment, and we haven't even gotten to the sunsets and true sweet light yet.


This image of Eilean Donan was captured in the middle of the day - in August. Can you think of a better place to offer imaging and post-processing advice to busloads of tourists than a country with all-day sweet light? I can't.

Now, if only a large packet of cash would simply fall from the sky, I can fire off a message to the Scottish Government and tell them I'm on my way.

Thus spake the rabbit.

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