Perfect light …

It had been a dull week, dark clouds threatening rain, snow or worse. At best, a dim light filtered through the short days’ clouds, then suddenly, on Thursday morning, there was an almost clear blue sky and perfect light.

I can carry a camera for days around our local lanes and not really see anything worth capturing but on this day and in that light, everything under the sun was photogenic, even the industrious Egger chimney:

Egger chimney ...

Even the most mundane object stood out – this rusted lock, testament to the industry of Henry Squire & Sons Ltd, an independent family owned manufacturer since 1780:

The locked gate ...

Everywhere, there was a sharp, piercing light:

Into the light ...

Shining gate ...
Riding out ...
(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. suej · January 25, 2015

    Beautiful light, Robin! I love mornings like that, days like that….

  2. mark · January 25, 2015

    Wow!! You always manage to make black and white seem so colourful, the lock looks especially spectacular. I just so happened to be out wandering this morning with my camera so hopefully I might have some pictures of a frozen canal covered in rocks and branches to go with yesterdays post.
    Great pics as always Robin, thanks for sharing them.

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2015

      Many thanks Mark – I look forward to seeing your canal pictures.

  3. mostlymonochrome · January 25, 2015

    Very nice light.

  4. Scott Marshall · January 25, 2015

    Agreed the light has elevated all these shots – i love the first image but the path in the firest is outstanding

    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2015

      Many thanks – I had hoped to catch the horses being ridden through that wooded section but couldn’t keep up – must get fit 🙂

  5. noellevignola · January 25, 2015

    Simply in love with this series. The shot of the sun through the wood… wow…

    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2015

      Many thanks – it took a lot of post-processing to show it like it really was … PS rules 🙂

  6. Cate Franklyn · January 26, 2015


    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2015

      Many thanks Cate – a wonderful morning and for once I didn’t miss it 🙂

  7. LaVagabonde · January 26, 2015

    Love the rays of sunlight on the road. Winter light, when it chooses to make an appearance, is magical.

    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2015

      Many thanks Julie – low winter light has the great advantage of showing up at a time of day when I might be about 🙂 Murder on a motorcycle late afternoon though 😦

  8. socialbridge · January 26, 2015

    Magnificence, Robin. Love the gate especially.

    • northumbrianlight · January 26, 2015

      Many thanks Jean – I was pleased with that gate too – funny how the most ordinary things perform under a spotlight.

  9. Valerie (Our Ruins) · January 26, 2015

    The light in these photos are amazing…beautiful photos!

    • northumbrianlight · January 27, 2015

      Many thanks – a rare and fine morning – normal service has now been resumed 😦

  10. amkuska · January 27, 2015

    Wow! Send a day like that my way. 😀

  11. MJF Images · January 27, 2015

    Lovely light indeed!

  12. restlessjo · January 27, 2015

    Crisp and clear, Robin 🙂 ( back to grey today)
    You’ve changed your background. I rather like it 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 28, 2015

      Thanks Jo – worse and getting worser up here 😦 Hope you enjoyed your London trip

      • restlessjo · January 28, 2015

        Hoping I can keep snow at bay long enough to escape to the Algarve, Robin. London was wonderful, though exhausting the way I do it! 🙂

  13. joshi daniel · January 28, 2015

    what an awesome set of images 🙂

  14. Lynne Ayers · January 30, 2015

    It’s so exciting to be out with a camera on days like this 🙂 My favourite is the last shot.

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2015

      Thanks Lynne, it was a grand morning and now the snow has arrived which is even better 🙂

      • Lynne Ayers · January 30, 2015

        I had a fall day like that, where I couldn’t take enough shots. EVERYthing looked beautiful and interesting and pumped with fall colours.

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