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