<p>Light is the single most important element in photography. Without light, both we and our cameras are blind. But light is so much more than a tool to physically record. This simple photograph by Gordon Gahan shows the power of light to ignite even the most mundane scene—a concrete tunnel—and render it beautifully. <em>—Annie Griffiths</em></p><p><strong>Photo Tip:</strong> When exposing for beams of light, it is best to underexpose the rest of the scene. It will add drama and will keep a little detail in the light beams themselves.</p><p><a href="http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/books/photography/national-geographic-simply-beautiful-photographs">Enjoy more photos and buy the book <em>Simply Beautiful Photographs</em> »</a></p>

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Light is the single most important element in photography. Without light, both we and our cameras are blind. But light is so much more than a tool to physically record. This simple photograph by Gordon Gahan shows the power of light to ignite even the most mundane scene—a concrete tunnel—and render it beautifully. —Annie Griffiths

Photo Tip: When exposing for beams of light, it is best to underexpose the rest of the scene. It will add drama and will keep a little detail in the light beams themselves.

Enjoy more photos and buy the book Simply Beautiful Photographs »

Photograph by Gordon Gahan, National Geographic

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