Since about this time in 2009 I’ve been learning how to capture light as a photographer. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I could see a scene and know how to frame it within my viewfinder, but I had no understanding of how to properly react to the lighting of a scene in order to turn out a properly exposed photo. Aperture numbers were confusing. Shutter speeds didn’t make a ton of sense to me. And then add in the element of ISO, and I was definitely lost.
But over the years I’ve become conversant with light.
I can now look at a scene, no matter the time of day or the lighting situation, and almost instantly know what settings I’d want to use on my camera to capture it well. It’s taken many years to get here, but I’ve learned how to dance with light, even when it barely is present.