Cathedral Light is Any Time

Cathedral light and radial light are terms often used to describe the same effect.

Cathedral light takes its name from the effect of sunlight bursting through high stained-glass windows in a diagonal orientation. The camera remains in a shaded area whilst observing the shafts of light from close by. An example of cathedral light is when you see the light penetrate a shallow cave system. The sunbeams contrast dramatically with the dark walls. If you point your camera into the sunbeams towards the surface, you cannot help but include the sun-ball.

Radial light is when the surface of the water is flat calm and the sun is quite high in the sky. The sunburst effect has tremendous potential because of the way the rays penetrate the water in a spherical pattern. These characteristics of natural light are very much about beams of light as opposed to the large round sun-ball in the sky.

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