What’s a good way of de­pict­ing light shin­ing through a tree canopy?

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Brad O’Leary, US

Jonathan replies

You need an area of neg­a­tive space in your im­age for the dap­pled light to play. If your com­po­si­tion is very busy, it’s hard for this light­ing ef­fect to be a fo­cal point. So hav­ing a rel­a­tively non­de­script sur­face, whether the ground or some­thing else, cre­ates a can­vas for this light­ing ef­fect to play out on. In this case, I com­pose a

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