More wonderful lightbeams in a Dutch forest

jchanders

Hilversum, Netherlands

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As many of you are responding so enthusiastically to my lightbeam shots – ever so many thanks for all your highly enjoyable comments and your favs (!) -, here is another one of them, taken in the forests near Lage Vuursche on 14th November 2007.

I have become a great fan of lightbeam shots in the past three years. When I started to go digital, I had no idea that I would indeed succeed so well in this field, if I may say so myself, as I had had no experience of them whatsoever. It was not only a matter of learning how to take these pictures, but also to be at the right spot at the right moment.

Of course that is one of the secrets of most successful photography. But here it applies especially as the lightbeams are a fleeting matter, just existing for an hour or so in the early morning, before the sun is strong enough to suck up the morning haze.

So you have to be up and about early in the morning. You also have to choose a day when you have such haze or even mist. It is important that there is enough moisture in the atmosphere, that there is no wind and that there is bright morning sunshine.

What you need next is a dark back-ground. No lightbeams in open space. So a forest with dark pine trees or a thick foliage are absolutely necessary to set the stage. You can see the effect in this picture perfectly: you see the beams where is such a background, but not against the bright sky.

Near Lage Vuursche, 14th November 2007, 10.09 am
Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 36 mm
F 5.6, 1/60, ISO 400

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