Dust in the Wind
Italian Dolomites, 2018
On this day, I was fortunate to catch one of my favorite peaks in the Dolomites being bathed in bounce light just as a little snow squall was passing over it (and my workshop group was fortunate to be there too!). Low clouds in a backlit scene have the potential to bounce a lot of light down onto the land all around the peaks, and this type of light typically has a wonderfully diffuse quality to it. It can be counter-intuitive to shoot toward the sun instead of across its reach, but mountain light can be magical even when the sun is behind the peaks from a particular vantage point. Bounce light can be so special that it’s often worthwhile to plan for some backlit situations when choosing destinations for mountain photography.