Mystery: Lesson 2 Manipulate Light

I had an adventure this morning, running through Dairy Farm Nature Reserve, and then finding myself at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.  I covered only 7km but it was a delightful hour wandering through paths new to me, and while I have run through both these areas often, I did not realise they were connected.   The joy of discovery!

On one of the steep stretches of very tall steps cut into the slopes, I huffed and puffed myself right in front of this fascinating sight.

My contribution to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of this world!

Thought of DelseyJane’s RegularRandom as I delightedly snapped all around this root system; although I have to admit I was there for a little longer than 5 minutes.  I just found these curlicues so fascinating!  The roots stretched all the way across the path to a huge tree which I couldn’t get to.

Want to join in a Regular Random? Here’s how:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to not interfere with the subject, instead see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to delseyjane

Lesson 2 of Blogging U’s Developing Your Eye II is on Manipulating Light.  We are asked to use the light available to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows or highlights to create a moody image.  I thought long and hard on this one, and shot quite a few with this idea in mind.

Today’s Feature Photo’s is my favourite of all my attempts. I like how it creates a sense of mystery; a little ominous, a little dark, hopefully leaving you with a question: where on earth am I?  Here’s another look up at the roots that fascinated me so much.

Looking up at the roots overhead



12 Replies to “Mystery: Lesson 2 Manipulate Light”

  1. “The joy of discovery!” Indeed, there is nothing like it. Your capture of those intricate roots reminds me of a similar find while hiking in the Kulen mountains of Cambodia. I initially took the winding roots to be snakes! Your last photo with its play of light and dark took me off into story land.

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    1. I thought of snakes at first glance too!
      Thank you so much for your affirmation – it means a lot (I am a Big Fan of yours!)

      I am trying to create more Mood, Ambience & Story-telling in my photographs; glad to know it is working at some level!

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      1. I am so flattered, thank you. I too am toiling to become a better storyteller. I don’t think that struggle ever ends, but in the process how fun to find one another to cheer on and inspire!


        1. Exactly! and that is what I love about our WP community – it is so fun to discover people who are journeying in the same direction, where we can be inspired and encouraged by each other! Here’s to all the stories which have yet been told!


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