Light, color and time

In photography we work with light. The time of day the image is taken affects the color and light on the subject. In early morning, before sunrise there is the blue cast to everything, similar to twilight. The blue comes not from an absence of color or light, which would be solid black, but from the scattering of the remaining light in the sky, reflected or diffracted by the atmosphere. As the sun comes up, the light is warmed, what we refer to a more yellow light, and there are generally deep shadows. The shadows, which don't receive the light, remain with a blue tint. As the day progress, the light becomes flatter, more uniform and consistent in temperature and color, with fewer shadows. A visit to the same location at different times will yield much different results and feelings. I have been drawn to the river, specifically the Hudson River, during the Polar Vortex. The Hudson is an active river, with many ships and tankers going up and down the river. Cutters open a channel, so they can plow through the ice. In my father's youth, you could ice skate on parts of the Hudson, and ice boat races were common. My grandparent's house in Wappingers Falls had an ice house, where ice cut from the river was hauled up a hill to be put away in saw dust to be used in the house for the "ice box." My father loved watching the ice on the Hudson, and when he was wintering down south, would always ask if there was ice on the Hudson. Several years ago I took this image from the Walkway over the Hudson, and did a series of abstract ice flows from the Walkway. My father passed away six years ago, and I go to the Hudson River to continue his love for the river.

I am working on different images in the ice, the water, and the river. The difference in the time of the day can change the entire feeling, even when they are taken only a few feet apart. Reflections, color temperature, shadows, back lighting, and distance and depth all can be explored.