The pictures featured in this post focus on part of the picture being in the spotlight. A darker background increases the contrast and draws your eye towards the lighter part.
We visited Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in the early morning. The sun rose behind the scene, bathing the steam in light.
These two Northern River Otters at the High Desert Museum were in constant motion the day I photographed them. In this picture, sunlight illuminated both of their heads simultaneously.
Stormy skies dominated the landscape when we visited Bryce Canyon National Park. A beam of sunshine broke through the clouds and highlighted this layered formation.
Evening-primrose blossoms open at night. I captured this image of these delicate, fragrant blossoms in my yard at dusk. You can see why I like to photograph, paint, and write about this lovely flower.
We drove along the McKenzie Highway near Sisters, Oregon in search of fall foliage. The twisting, turning highway was cast in shadow, but these vine maples beamed with color in a patch of sunlight.
Sometimes your subject isn’t quite in the spotlight, but the picture may still be interesting. A slice of sunlight split the background beneath this Cottontail Rabbit at Summer Lake in Oregon.