Same water, different light

Here are a couple of examples of how quality of light can change a photo dramatically. I recently covered a Lincoln at St. Mary’s water polo game in Stockton. It was evening and the sun was fading fast. Before the game started from my position I could see the final golden hues of the sunset reflected off of the waters of the pool at St. Mary’s Cortopassi Aquatics Center. The warm tones gave a feeling of peaceful serenity and calmness. The rippling waters also caught snippets of the fading blue sky. When I looked at the water I could imagine myself resting in a hammock under the shade of a tree with a gently cool breeze wafting over me.

At about halftime the sun was gone replaced by the blue hour. The water now reflected the deep azure sky, except if one looked towards the scoreboard. The light of the electronic board harshly bounced off of the constant and random shifting small wave patterns of the pool. The deep red//pink color contrasted with the now deeper blue sky, which too was reflected in the water. He feeling was now more ominous. I almost expected to see a sea monster or alien space ship rise from the depths of the pool with the crimson water dripping off of it in slow motion.

Less than half an hour elapsed between the two different scenes. Nothing had changed except the light, which created a completely different feeling between the two.

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