Archive for January, 2016

Photo Observation



Photo credit: Me!

Theme: Sunrise / sunset

Description: This is a picture that I took from the 13th floor of Estabrook Hall as the sun was setting. Man, Hofstra has some impressive sunsets. I’m not used to seeing really good sunsets like this because I live in a heavily forested area, so the trees usually obscure any cool views like this one. I looked out the window one evening to see this and was simply amazed. I love how the color of the clouds fade from yellow to stormy blue, not to mention how intense and concentrated the colors are. Beautiful sunsets such as this are magical because they make an ordinary place look extraordinary.

Photo Observation: Sunset/ Sunrise



Description: This is an image of the sun rising over NYC. The sun has created a warm orange glow in the distances as it begins its journey up to its’ place in the already blue, morning sky. Even though New York City is the city that never sleeps the sun is rising to begin another day. This image fits the theme of sunset/sunrise since it is a clear picture of the sun ascending.

Lighting Observation: Sunburst On Top of a Lamp Post

It was 10:45am on Jan. 29th, 2016. I was right outside the Spiegel Theater and seated on a bench when it struck.

The sky was clouded over with blueish clouds, and the sun broke through the clouds. It broke through right behind the very tip of a lamp post. Accordingly, from where I sat, it looked like the lamp post’s tip was surrounded by this circle of light and possibly emitting it. This light highlighted and gave great clarity and crispness to the edges of the tip of the lamp post.

The light was majestic in this moment. It came forth like a powerful wave crashing down on the beach or the whirl of a bullet heading towards its target. It broke through the wall of blueish, bleak clouds to shine forth in brilliant, bright contrast to the surrounding sea. It was like a light at the end of a tunnel: the hope in a world of gloom. The whitish sun was harmonious with the snow on the ground and shown like the empress of all things on top of the lamp post. It was the throned and treasured embodiment of hope. With its fierce and sudden glow, the sun claimed it could melt the snow, massacre the clouds, and restore the world to warmer weather days. The lighting reflected this resilience, this willingness to fight, and, above all things, this feeling of hope which motivated the “never give up” attitude of the sun. The elegance of hope and bravery colored and brightened the lighting of the sun at 10:45am on Jan. 29th, 2016.

Photo Observation #1: A Modern College Thanksgiving Sunset


This is a photograph of a sunset that I took this past Thanksgiving.

This photo is the sunset and pastel colored sky that faded away from Hofstra’s campus on Thanksgiving day 2015, and, consequently, fits with the theme of sunset or sunrise.

The lighting of this photo is warm and gentle like the kiss a mother would gently place on the forehead of her sleeping babe. The colors of the sky and clouds, which are illuminated to our eyes by the orangish light of the sun, are pastel and spring-like despite the late autumn timeframe of the photo. This reveals the innocent nature of the light and the simple kindness with which the light appears to caress the sky with its caring warm glow. This care is shown most evidently through the pinkish tint to the clouds and the halo of  light surrounding the far tree line. It is Easter-like in this color scheme and pattern, and it seems to promise a rebirth like that which is natural to the leaves and plants in spring. This fits quite well given that a sunset is followed by a sunrise, which in turn is followed by a sunset. Piecing together the care, warmth, innocence, and other attributes of the light reveals a story of how the light, the sun, loves the Earth, kisses it goodnight with all the beauty and warmth that exists within its pure heart, and promises that it will be there to kiss it in the morning. This is a sunset.

Photo Observation 1 (sunrise/sunset)


Theme: sunset/sunrise

Description: The dark figures in the forefront of this picture contrast the high intensity oranges and yellows.  There are no specific lines where one color changes to the next except for the silhouetted trees.  The gray/blue fades seamlessly into the red/orange and then in the yellows.  The dark clouds break up the colors and make them appear to be that much brighter and pigmented.

Photo Observation- Hofstra Sunset

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Photo Credit: Bree Bursey

Theme: Sunset/Sunrise

Description: This photo was taken from my window of my dorm. I am on the 9th floor so I usually get a nice, unobstructed view of the skyline. This photo is of a sunset that was occurring on a relatively cloudy day, but instead of the clouds blocking the view of the sunset, they made it more interesting. The clouds reflected the color of the exceptionally red/orange sunset and added texture to the sky. Also the sun was setting behind the buildings which gave them a silhouette look, which contrasted the vibrant colors of the sky. I like this photo because of how warm the colors are, it feels like you are in the Lion King instead of in lovely Hempstead, New York.

Photo Observation 1


This is a photograph that I took at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.

Theme: Sunrise or Sunset

A beacon of power and warmth streams through the darkening sky. The few scattered clouds grow dark with exhaustion as an arc of colorful illumination floods a watercolored celestial sphere. Layers of dark blue hues to pale yellows  perfectly shadow the soothing shelter of the houses nearby. Towards the bottom, the bright golden sand shifts to a quiet, dark dormancy. The last natural light of the day until it awakens again.

Lighting Observation 1

Date: 1/28/2016

Time: 5:15pm

Objective description:  Walking past Enterprise Hall, sunset in distance.

Subjective description: The pale blue of a typical Long Island winter sky faded into a pale pink and then a deeper orange.  The trees and buildings in the distance were dark and in silhouette, contrasting the colors and making them that much more stunning.  The sky had a romantic feeling with its changing colors and seamless transitions.

Grand Canyon Sunset – Tia


Photo Credit: Tia Harewood-Millington

Theme: Sunrise/Sunset

Description: this photo was taken right at the beginning of sunset over the Grand Canyon on my road trip last summer. It displays the usual colors that one would associate with a sunset; oranges, yellows, and occasional pinks.