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Changing light


As we move through spring, everything changes for landscape photography. There are amazing floral displays as the trees blossom and the light seems to change every day. There is now a better chance of getting good light and dramatic effects in the evening now the days are longer as we approach the spring equinox. For some photos you need the morning light.


I took this photo yesterday morning. The sun was bright and quite harsh, but it wasn’t directly on the building. All cameras have ‘scene’ modes and I wanted a wide aperture for this shot and so rather than using landscape, I tried the sports setting. It worked well, but the cream paintwork looked too pale. I took a number of shots setting the camera manually with a wide aperture and some on aperture priority. the preview made me think the shots might be a little dark, but you can always lighten them in editing. All the shots I took were acceptable, but the ones on manual were the best and contrasted the white of the window frame against the cream of the walls. Obviously, using manual or aperture priority needs some experience. You gain experience by just doing it. MANOR HOUSE (10)

The pink blossom on this tree show the changing of the seasons, but I also wanted that gate on with it’s patterns. This was at The Manor House, a 13th century historic building that I visit often.

1 Manor House

The Manor House itself makes a good shot in spring too, with the tree in blossom in the middle ground.

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I’ll finish with a few photos from the library:


4 responses

  1. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

    28, April 2015 at 10:40 am

  2. Hi Mike, Very cool photography lesson today. I never thought about the difference between morning and evening light and the impact the type of light can have on photography.

    My favourite photo this week is of the cream coloured house. I never would have thought to use the Sports mode to take a picture of a house. But your lesson just shows that we have to open our minds to consider all possibilities. Probably true for life as much as for photography!

    28, April 2015 at 12:42 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I didn’t get the email yet to say there was a comment. I haven’t checked for a while. I just noticed the post seemed popular and so checked through it again and found an error. I really couldn’t concentrate today! The cream building is a pub and the people moved in last summer. I’d photographed their friends pub, so asked me to photograph theirs. I had to wait over 6 months for some good light in the morning. The sport mode doesn’t always give a wide aperture, but if you point the camera at a subject and it locks on, it has to go for a wide aperture to get the fast shutter speed to capture the action. A car drove into the shot when I was doing this shoot and it didn’t blur at all the shutter speed was very fast. Not really needed unless it’s a moving pub… lol

      28, April 2015 at 7:21 pm

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