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Glory of the Light

R1231888L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

Photographs and subjects are almost like two sides of a coin. But is it necessary for a photograph to have a subject or subjects? This is a very interesting question of a philosophical nature.

Casual photographers see an object as an object rather than interpreting it in relation to the qualities of light. In fact, objects are represented differently in terms of light. Not only light gives appearances to what we see in an object, it can also be a subject in an image. The light itself becomes the subject.

There are several ways to use light as the subject, of which one is by showing it in a pattern. But using a patterned light-subject may result in a bland image. To hopefully avoid this, the author has two tricks under the belt: to make the pattern rather stereographic to intensify the interesting aspect of the subject, or cover the whole frame only with the light-subject pattern to accentuate a theme.

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