Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lighting is Everything - SkyWatch Friday

For most people, the difference between the lighting during the morning and evening hours are not that much different than the lighting durign the day. But for photographers, lighting is everything. The morning and evening hour lighting is much warmer and makes scenes have much less contrast and much more dramatic effect. However, there are subjects that are best photographed in flat light (cloudy weather) such as waterfalls.

This photo was taken a few hours after we were hit with a 10 inch snowfall in southern Indiana. The lighting in this shot creates some dramatic effect by spotlighting the hill on the opposite shore. But since the lighting is not hitting the foreground the foreground looks flat and lifeless.

This photo was taken about 5 minutes after the previous one. The warm lighting hitting the foreground created much more drama. It also created much more depth and the photo looks much more full of life.

Let me know which photo you prefer and if you have a reason why.

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28 comments:

Juliana RW said...

wow...lots of snow

My SWF entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

Bradley Myers said...

You are right about light and I wish I had the talent some do when it comes to reading light. I like the second one best.

Champ Townboy said...

I'll take that as a lesson and hope to produce as beautiful a photo!

Dancin' Fool said...

Ok I am no expert but I preferred the first image. At first glance I thought I was looking across salt flats. I like the image and think the tree in the foreground draws the eye through to the distance.

Arija said...

The second is much more dramatic but the first concentrates more on the hill and accentuates the sky.

vincibene said...

Both are beautiful, the second more dramatic.

P-TER said...

I love both !
The second picture is warmer.
Great.
Gr.
P-TER

P-TER said...

I love both !
The second picture is warmer.
Great.
Gr.
P-TER

Ida said...

I agree with your description.
The second shot is my favourite. It has more segments. More "life".
I like both of them very much, though. :)

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Mojo said...

They call them the "golden hours" for a reason. And I think you've just demonstrated it.

nicely done!

Sylvia K said...

Yes, you are right abou the light! my favorite is the last one, there is, in spite of the snow, a kind of warmth about it. They're both really beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing! Happy SWF!

Pat and Abe said...

Really nice photos but cold looking for SkyWatch Friday. I am always interested in what others are doing. Have a nice weekend.

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Guy D said...

Excellent shots as always, your photography never disappoints.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

NovaS said...

Snowy weather, but i could see that the sun is up.. lovely photo...

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Rune said...

Great post, second shot is my favourite to :o) Thank for sharing!

Tarolino said...

I agree with you about the lighting and as such the second shot has a much softer quality to it. But I do prefer the first one only because the contrast between the foreground and the background all the way to that dark sky above is more dramatic. It has more of the effect of isolated wilderness than the second shot.

Kathy said...

What great shots. Love the way the sky and earth look like they merge dead center. =) Hope you have a great friday.

jabblog said...

Both beautiful photos but I prefer the starker quality of the first - more in keeping with the subject, maybe?

jabblog said...

Both beautiful photos but I prefer the starker quality of the first - more in keeping with the subject, maybe?

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Lovw that first shot!Very nice.With the shadows.

Babooshka said...

How strange my skywatch was demonstrating the golden hour. Strangely I like the first one best jsut for the starkness. Ask me again and the warmth might grab me. Perfectly narrated post too.

Serendipity said...

Great shots! You are really good!

Dot O said...

Awesome sky/snow photos! Just when I think I've had enough snow, I see another snowy picture that I love.!

Mckay K said...

Both are beautiful. But since you asked for a preference, I would chose the first photo. It reminds me of waking up, as a child, a seeing the first snow fall.

I live in the south so snow was and is a rare occasion.

ascu75 aka Don said...

YOU STOOD THERE FREEZING FOR 5 MINUTES what are you mad good shots though I couldnt stand being there in the cold but I am glad you where brave enough XXX Don

MaineBirder said...

My favorite is the first photo. Love the spotlight on the hill, with the fallen tree leading the eye to the distance.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Very nice.I like the first photo,but that'sust me.

Heather said...

Both photos are very nice, but I actually prefer the top one. I think it conveys intensity and ominousness - you can tell the storm is coming. I find the break-up of the lighting on the tree (partial shadow, partial light) on the bottom photo to be a little distracting. The top photo "flows" more easily to me.