I have not taken any formal classes in photography yet. Most of what I have learnt comes from trying different techniques over and over again. I also read articles on the Internet whenever I have questions. The digital medium has made it easier to experiment. I can react quickly to whatever seems interesting to me using a relatively inexpensive resource (digital bits rather than film), and then I can delete pictures that I am unhappy with with ease.
I know from experience that some unique conditions arise in the woods the morning after it rains. The moisture rising into the warming air, combined with the early morning sunlight cutting through the gaps in the trees at a narrow angle, creates a neat visual effect that lasts only for a short period of time.
Most conventional photography is done with the light falling directly on the object that one wishes to capture in picture form. You cannot see the object clearly if it is backlit, when the features that you are interested in are in the shadows.
But backlighting does create other opportunities, opportunities that I have learnt to appreciate from past outings. So I was prepared for further experiments with backlighting when I went out for a ride on Wednesday morning, the day after some heavy thunderstorms had passed through the area. Here are some of the results. As you can imagine, these pictures would look very different if they had been taken from a different angle with respect to the sun.