Light is Everything!

Archive for September 5, 2011

Rio

We struck another summer bucket list item off the roster tonight: watch a movie outside! So, we hooked up a projector, shined the image onto a bed sheet tethered to the swing set and away we went! It worked out really well and everyone loved it. Nice weather too, which is nice, not having water flowing into all of my electronics… 8) Rio is a pretty fun little movie too! Makes me want to travel to Brazil! 🙂

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Good Timing

Nearly nobody will deny that good timing is super important in life. Baby falls from a burning building, the fireman reaches out at just the exact moment to catch that little bundle of joy and save the day! Photography is much the same, especially if you are taking a picture of said falling baby. A second too soon or too late equals a blown shot and missed opportunity. I’ve got a whole stack of images that are like that. “Ah! If I’d only waited a millisecond more I would have had the shot! Doh!” 😦 But when everything lines up, and the timing is right, it’s magically great! 8) Thinking about Light in the same way is critical to getting good shots too. Light at different times of the day is radically different. Ok, Ok, the photons aren’t any different, but the mood, colour and direction of the light ARE different. I took these two shots with exactly the same camera settings. (ISO 200 f/8 200mm). The first one was at 8:36AM and the second at 1:11PM. Just look at how radically different the shots look and feel.

The light is much more golden in the early morning. The direction is low and from the side which gives detail to the pump jack head and the drilling rig in the background.

In contrast, the light at mid-day is flat and boring. It just doesn’t have the same pizzaz that the early morning shot does. Or, that a sunset has. This is the key to how good landscape photographers get awesome photos. The locations are great and the timing of the light is everything. Time it well and your photography will be at least 17% better. 😉