When talking about photography, English doesn’t cut it. As it turns out, Japanese does.
The Japanese have a word for everything, it seems. I just learned “komorebi.” It means “sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees,” and by extension, the natural filtering of light through anything. Like glass or curtains, for example.
It’s just the word I’ve needed. I’ve been chasing that light for more than 40 years.
Bokeh is my previously learned favorite Japanese photographic term. It defines something difficult to say in English: “Bokeh means the aesthetic quality of blur in the out-of-focus areas of an image produced by a lens.”
I’m sure there’s more, but this is my vocabulary lesson for the day.