Developing the stronger image series…
Time to get back to the developing the stronger image series! In this blog I want to consider light. Most of my friends think I am obsessed with light, but it is probably the most important factor in producing great photographs.
We all know about the “golden hour” so I won’t go on about that. One of my failings is not getting up early enough to catch morning light, but on the occasions when I have I have been rewarded. Like many others I am guilty of paying more attention to camera kit and not enough attention to the craft and skills required to produce great photographs. Learning about light conditions and weather patterns will lead you to taking stronger images.
Just to prove the point I have trawled over my images and selected a few where the quality of the light has made all the difference.
Despite a lot of hidden shadow detail this image has layers of depth, I could have brought detail back into the shadows but it would have been a mistake to do so.
In this image I exposed for the sky and left the ruins of Dunluce Castle in complete darkness.
In this image taken from Ballintoy Harbour I exposed more for the sky. The sea has picked up the hue cast by the sky and the clouds are nicely exposed.
The first three images were taken either before the sun rose or after it set, in the image the sun has not set but is low in the sky as can be seen by the shadows in the foreground. The quality of the light as it reflects in the middle distance makes the image.
This image was caught by chance, the lighting of the mature tree in the middle distance is spectacular and the rainbow sets the finishing touch. These type of images are not planned, they happen! Its all down to the climatic conditions.
The month of February can produce great lighting conditions, the atmosphere is clear and crisp.
The above photographs were taken with a hand held camera. In truth I should use a tripod which would enable me to use much slower exposure settings which would produce different photographic qualities, so I have made a promise to myself that I will use a tripod more often. Also using a tripod, apart from stability, allows you to slow down, think more and experiment. It pays not to be hurried when taking photographs, although your wife might not agree!
Finally, do send me feedback on the points I have made, whats your experience?
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