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It's All About The Light


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It's All About The Light

14 Jun 2022 5:50PM   Views : 366 Unique : 233

Photography, that is. We all do it, we arrive at some location, the light is terrible and we shoot the pictures anyway. We won't be there again maybe, so it's then or never. But, as I never tire of saying, take the most mundane scene, bathe it in low evening or storm light, put a background behind of darkest, broiling black clouds and then the whole thing comes alive. I wait for nature to provide this, much better than trying to fake it in Photoshop, and when it's right it's brilliant.

Today a more modest example of how light changes an image. Image 1 is shot out of the bedroom window of our holiday cottage, looking down into the central square. This used to be a walled garden, but it now has 16 full sized houses, all facing each other.

Image 2 is the same view, but at around 1am when all the security lights are on. Pentax K-3 II, SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye zoom, ISO 3200. To keep the camera still, it was jammed into the external window frame, the snag being that I could no longer see the screen. I just aimed and hoped for the best, subsequent shots could always be modified. I also used manual focus, setting the lens on infinity.

And there we have an example of what I ended up doing at 1am, when most other people are happily in slumberland.

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altitude50 18 23.5k United Kingdom
15 Jun 2022 9:08AM
A few years agoI was on holiday in a hotel overlooking the harbour at St. Mawes, Cornwall. One morning I woke up very early just as the sky started to lighten. I tried to get some shots of the boats etc. I had no tripod with me but I made a camera support of three toilet rolls from the bathroom in the open window area. Worked quite well.
17 Jun 2022 8:04PM
I always remeber my Form Teachers advice when I started way back in 1963 Smile

" Use anything to hand to steady the camera, you only get one chance ! " How right he was Smile
Youe example just shows the importance of lighting, John, and the difference between a ' Reference 'shot,
and a thoroughly interesting image.


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