By Brad Brisbine
Interesting photographs are often the result of special lighting effects.
Keep a camera close, because a scene you see every day may suddenly be a “Wow moment.” Move fast, knowing that a spectacular lighting display may not even last a moment, but literally seconds.
This scene is looking toward East Wenatchee from my Sunnyslope home. I’ve been blessed with this view for 23 years, but the morning of Dec. 29 it looked different.
A dense, frigid fog hung low at daybreak. Suddenly, warm penetrating light came from above, giving definition to several neighborhoods. Snow-covered foreground roofs in cool shadow gave color contrast.
I grabbed my long lens to not only reach across the Columbia and isolate this view angle, but also to take advantage of the telephoto’s well-known compression of distance, here taking three miles of depth and layering into a unified two-dimensional design.
Brad Brisbine is a Wenatchee architect who enjoys photography, landscape oil painting, backpacking and skiing. He and wife Jill live in Sunnyslope with their horse and three cats.