Light in September

In the Deep South of Faulkner Country it might be the Light in August that casts an inspirational glow, but in the Northeast nothing compares to the light in September.  On my annual daytrip out to Batsto Village, I was struck by how the light changed and undulated under the shade of the trees and passing cloud cover, casting an aura over the scenery that really only could’ve been appreciated with a continuously tracking camera that would capture all the nuances.  It’s times like these when I realize the limitations of the snapshot…but that’s not to say I didn’t capture as many of those moments and changes of light as I could.   Some of the photos around Batsto may appear as remakes or re-imaginings of shots from last year’s visit, but I also stopped at an ancient cemetery along Route 542 that boasted graves as far back as the mid-1800’s, and another picturesque graveyard in Hammonton along the White Horse Pike where new images were found.

Written and photographed by David H. Schleicher

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3 comments on “Light in September

  1. DeeDee says:

    Hi! DHS,
    What very interesting and “beautiful” pictures…as soon as I read your comment/description below…I immediately,
    thought of Impressionist painters…and their technique(s)…

    DHS said, “On my annual daytrip out to Batsto Village, I was struck by how the light changed and undulated under the shade of the trees and passing cloud cover, casting an aura over the scenery that really only could’ve been appreciated with a continuously tracking camera that would capture all the nuances. It’s times like these when I realize the limitations of the snapshot…”

    Below are two links…to let me know that you also think like (some) Impressionist painters, but the difference is your use of media/medium…and they usually tried to capture their images…before the (sun)light changed too.

    Cont…

  2. DeeDee says:

    “The Impressionists found that they could capture the momentary and transient effects of sunlight by painting en plein air. Painting realistic scenes of modern life, they emphasized vivid overall effects rather than details.”

    I believe that they (Impressionist painters) wanted to capture that fleeting sunlight in their paintings. Which of course…you mentioned in your comment above… I was struck by how the light changed…
    Impressionism

    Impressionist

    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee

    DeeDee, this reminds me of a painting from the Renoir: Landscapes exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art awhile back…I think that painting is “Boating on the Seine” — the way he captured the light and shadow…truly astounding…especially looking at the painting up close. Thanks for the links! –DHS

  3. Sam Juliano says:

    David, I’ve never been to Batsto Village, but I just examined this site:

    http://www.batstovillage.org/

    It’s quite a place! Your pictures again are to die-for, and it’sa great place to unwind and to appreciate the outdoors. Interesting connection there from Dee Dee on the Impressionists. It’s great you are utilizing September, traditionally a great outdoors month.

    Sam, yes, there are lots of great places and history hidden in the Pine Barrens. –DHS

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