Variety with a low sun

Frontal lighting

I have developed a habit of walking round my garden in the early morning, particularly if the sun is shining or if it has been raining and I have learned to look for interesting lines, colour and to an extent, lighting although I have not really experimented with edge or side lighting before.  All of these pictures were taken between 8.30 and 8.45 at the end of November.  My camera was mounted on a tripod with a 105mm macro lens, for I was able to get in close enough without casting my shadow over the subject; the leaves of a magnolia tree.   The back light images were a bit of a disappointment, my own fault, I took one picture without any exposure compensation, checked the histogram and took another which was underexposed by

Back lighting - no exposure compensation

0.67 and I really needed to take another with positive exposure compensation as well.

Edge lighting

It was the side lit and edge lit pictures I was most pleased with although the edge lit picture was definitely the trickiest to achieve, I took several but only one is clearly lit at the edges.  This is an area I need to practice more.  I think the warm autumn colour of the leaves worked well with the effect of the lighting, also the detail I was able to pick up with the macro lens and this was really evident in the side lit pictures.

Side lighting - exposure compensation -0.33

I bracketed the exposure for those and found that the best outcome was when I compensated by minus 0.33.

This is a part of the course that I have really enjoyed and one I will continue to explore.  The materials suggest that you could also use this opportunity to shoot sunrise or sunset and although I didn’t do so when I took these pictures, I have taken an early walk down the lane rather than just round the garden and some of the shots taken then will be the subject of my next post.

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About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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