Light, is, indeed, the magician

steve_300The sky today, in between bursts of showers, offered that amazing glow that has enthralled artists since time immemorial. I first noticed the light while trolling Menlo Oaks Drive for an apparently-erroneously reported fallen tree – I thought it might make a nice weather shot for InMenlo.

All the oaks appeared to be upright on that very pretty street, and their mossy limbs made a wonderful tangle when viewed from Bay Road.

The cloud cover had made what a studio photographer would call a ‘soft box’, basically a large diffuser placed between the light source (the sun, in this case) and the subject. Where studio soft boxes are measured in feet, today’s sky would measure in the hundreds of square miles. The light was exquisite.

As luck would have it, I was filing my pictures from the InMenlo satellite office at (the new) Peet’s, when in walked Steve, from Palo Alto (pictured here). You have got to love this delightfully battered mug with its sparkling eyes and smile shining through. It took a little coaxing, but eventually we cajoled Steve out of the warm confines and onto the sidewalk near a neutral background, for an open-sky portrait.

Readers with a photo bent may recall that another Palo Altan, Victor Frost, was my guinea pig for the open-sky project. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for other likely suspects as the forecast continues to promise overcast skies…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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