Light is an essential ingredient in cooking up a photographic image. No light, no photo, no how.
As travelers, we want plenty of sunshine bouncing off the subjects of our photos, making the colors “pop” or casting shadows that lend an air of mystery to the image. If the sun hides behind thick clouds, we’re inclined to leave our cameras stowed away rather than straining our brains to figure out how to take a memorable shot.
If you are staying in a place for a few days, you might be able to wait for a change in the weather that will let the sun once again light up the landscape. But when I found myself with only a single day to spend touring the chateaux in France’s Loire Valley, I had just one option: Try to find a scene that would lend itself to an image imbued with the melancholy that gray skies bring on.
Fortunately for me, Chateau de Chenonceaux, reflecting its austere façade into the still waters of the Cher River, proved to be the perfect photographic subject on a sunless September day. (Visit Budget Travelers Sandbox for more of this week’s Travel Photo Thursday shots.)
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