The mercurial effects of weather and lighting are brief, yet often provide the critical touch that electrifies a scene.

fishing harbor, Stonington, Maine

A golden sunburst at dawn sparkles off the harbor's icy glaze and ignites a steamy bank of mist.  The anchored boats appear enveloped by this culmination of natural effects.  Exposing for the highlights enhance the atmospheric magic.

plains with acacia tree

Shafts of afternoon sunlight add the drama of an approaching storm to the vast expanse of the African plain.  Breaking weather, even at mid-day, creates unique opportunities for environmental lighting.  Here monochromatic shades of gray are heightened by underexposing by at least one aperture stop.  A telephoto lens helps compress the scene and accentuate the compositional elements.