Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral


Light beams shining through a window or breaking through clouds. What could be more ephemeral and as photographers sometimes we have just a second or two to capture the moment. That’s usually the time I have my camera switched off or I’m driving along a road where it’s not safe to stop.

For the camera, the creative moment is brief–a compelling, ephemeral collision of event and artist. Extreme awareness combined with unobtrusiveness becomes the contest the photographer must work within. – Ken Ruth

In effect you have to be in the right place at the right time to get that sometimes illusive shot. Or you could just cheat.

Light Beams

There are plenty of plugins or tutorials for Photoshop allowing you to add light beams in post processing. Is it ethical? I’ve argued this point before and we had a good discussion at the end of my previous blog post. In many ways I haven’t changed my mind since then but sometimes I like to play around in Photoshop adding elements to my original photograph. That’s how I learnt to use the software in the first place. Of course you may disagree with me and I’d like to hear your views.

Oh! And this photograph. Where the light beams captured by the camera or added in post processing?

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  1. Beautiful window and the shafts of sunlight make the scene ephemeral as you have described. I have no idea if these are real or not but I’m guessing that you added these in light room. There seems to be more beams than I think would have been coming through the window but then I was not there and anything is possible.

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