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Photography: Different directions

1 River Tame

The sun came out a little last week and I took advantage of that to take this photo of the river. I’m shooting in a westerly direction, the sun is southerly and to my left. You can see it shining through the trees and giving an interesting effect.

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This is the same shot taken a couple of weeks ago, later in the day. It was also before we put the clocks on an hour. The sun was a lot more westerly. Notice how much black and grey, we have in the picture. The image looked spectacular in real life, but the sensor on the camera isn’t as good as our eyes. It only captures some of that reflected light. Going back to take the shot again was worth it.

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This dark and moody picture was taken by Carolyn over at Wonder of Tech. It’s very dark, but interesting. The interesting parts are the tree on the left that silhouettes a little against the sky. The house on the right is  also interesting, but you can hardly see it. The trees look flat like black cardboard cut outs. Will editing make it better? I don’t think so, because it would lose the moody effect.  I tried to lighten it and that spoiled the sunset.

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Does making the house lighter improve it? Maybe or maybe not. This photo was taken with an Iphone and I think I would have been tempted to take it again with the sun in a different position. The dark clouds make the image dark, they are also reflected on the snow. Shots into the sun are always difficult. When you’re shooting a sunset, look at the silhouettes. Structures with a pattern are great. Get the Eiffel Tower in the foreground and a sunset in the background and you have a great picture!

1 1 Moorcroft Pool

Finally, a scenic picture of Moorcroft Pool (The Sanna) which looks quite bright, but notice how dark it is on the right of the picture. I was shooting in a southerly direction and the sun was setting in the west. Notice the power lines! I have managed to get the trees in the foreground silhouetted against the bright background. Be careful not to overdo the black silhouettes.

What do you think of today’s pictures? Please share you thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter. Remember to think about the direction that you’re pointing your camera when taking a shot.


3 responses

  1. Hi Mike, Excellent analysis of the importance of editing! The before and after photos helpfully illustrate the differences in light.

    My favorite photo is the top one and the fact that you showed us the shot taken a few weeks earlier heightens my appreciation of the top photo. The colours are cheery and the curtain of the willow branches tantalize us to discover what is beyond our view on the path.

    Thank you for using my photo. I like the addition of the house through editing the light. The clouds were dramatic that evening, highlighted by the colours of the sunset. But even with the beauty of the sunset the surrounding landscape wasn’t sufficient to bring interest to the photo.

    10, April 2014 at 12:36 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I’m glad you can see the landscape isn’t too clear in that picture. I think it would be very different an hour after dawn though, especially with the snow reflecting the light.

      I’m intrigued as to what is up river in that first picture, probably because I can’t get access now. I don’t much like sunsets, but on the odd occasion that the colours are unusual, I try to just get a few silhouettes in the picture or a structure of some kind.

      10, April 2014 at 12:53 pm

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