Short notes on photography III – the colour of light

IF IN WORDPRESS READER YOU WILL MISS OUT THE EXAMPLE SHOTS

[When I say “Short notes” I really mean short notes – I am not much of a writer so I prefer going straight to the point without any technicalities]

When shooting in natural light the time and lighting conditions are very important for the final result. To illustrate this I went out yesterday to the harbour, it was 45 minutes before the sun would set so the lighting conditions were rapidly changing.

Setting sun over the baltic sea

Setting sun over the baltic sea

By the sea were several oil cisterns ; plain metallic ones. But as you can see from the images the lighting conditions had a dramatic impact on the photos.

Colour of light

Colour of light

The yellow sun in the west contrasted nicely with the deep blue sky in the east.

colour of light

colour of light

Untitled urban photography

Just wandering around, finding features in my home town. Don’t think that your location doesn’t have anything interesting to shoot – it is there; my way of reasoning is that it’s actually easier to relax than to actively look for subjects. In my experience it’ll take a while, perhaps 30 minutes or so for the brain to “see” subjects of interest. In this case I saw some architecture from the early 20th century. It is tempting to try to catch the whole building but often it’s better to concentrate on just parts of it.

Untitled urban photography

Untitled urban photography

Untitled urban photography

Untitled urban photography

Short notes on photography II – Lack of inspiration; new numbers.

We all know the feeling; when everything seems dull and what once was your passion (photography) seems to have lost its magic; that is lack of inspiration.
Well here’s a tip. This is the second time I’ve done this (the first one can be seen here: https://laperm.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/inspiration-photography-by-the-numbers/ ).

Going out and shooting numbers is an easy way to get creative ; it’s easy to find the subject and you’ll be amazed once you are looking on how many different variations in colour, style and material there are.

Try it out :)

Photography by the numbers

Photography by the numbers 2

Short notes on photography I

I am by no means a professional nor perhaps not even the right person to give advice or tips, but I intend to post these short notes and thoughts anyway :D )

Intense sunlight creates harsh shadows, this is the reason that shooting people in direct sunlight isn’t very flattering. If you take a look at this photo that I took yesterday mid day has an almost fake feel to it.

Intense light / harsh shadows and contras

Intense light / harsh shadows and contras

Case in point.

In example one, I shot in direct sunlight, much of the face is in strong shadows.

Direct sunlight - harsh, strong shadow

Direct sunlight – harsh, strong shadow

In the second photo – the subject is placed (or rather already was) in the shadows, creating a more even, pleasing look.

Subject in shadows - avoiding direct ligh

Subject in shadows – avoiding direct ligh