Mystery light

Large gravitational bodies such as planets or stars can cause the normally straight path of light to follow the curvature of space, but on our level light tends to travel in a straight line.

I’ve shot the Stockton Ports home games for several weeks now and I’ve noticed a curious light phenomenon. Right at about the 2nd or 3rd inning a patch of sunlight creeps into about the middle of the home dugout. It wouldn’t be so unusual except that the dugout faces east and is mostly covered in shade as the sun sets in the west.

I figured it must be reflected off a nearby window. I usually stand about 3 to 4 yards from the spot of light, and as I look around the stadium I can’t tell where it’s coming from. It’s some pretty nice light and bathes whoever is sitting on the bench at that spot in a soft, warm glow, making for a nice portrait. It’s a small enough spot that the surrounding players are left in the cold blue shadows. It doesn’t last very long, perhaps only half an inning or so.

One game curiosity got the best of me, and in between innings I walked about 3 or 4 yards to the north of my position to see where the light was coming from. It was bouncing off a single window on the second story portion of the Ports’ offices at the stadium.

It didn’t change the outcome of the game or alter my photos of it, but at least it put my mind to rest.

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