Quality of light is an important thing in photography, it can make a big difference in the rendering and impact of a photo. I always try to have the best light for my subjects and that means going out early. Sure you can take great photos in beautiful light at other times of the day but i prefer the mornings because there is often fog, frost or dew and those also adds impact in combination with the beautiful light !
Here is the same subject but in different light, see how the look and feeling is affected by the quality of the light:
I took this photo before sunrise with flat light, i think it doesn’t do the subject justice.
I took this photo later when the sun was up and hitting the wall sideways. I prefer this one because the sidelight show the texture better and is less flat.
Both photos taken with Canon T3i, 70-200mm/4 L on a tripod.
Some subjects demand flat even light and some needs directional light to have more impact.
This one have very subtle sidelight, just enough to accentuate the raindrop marks in the mud.
Pentax K-01, DFA 100mm Macro WR, tripod.
Backlight is a very effective light for transluscent subject.
Pentax K-01, DFA 100mm Macro WR.
Fog help to tame high DR landscape,it’s easier to expose the shot.
Pentax K-01, DA 20-40mm Ltd WR, tripod.
At the same place where i go to photograph Ducks there is an old building, probably an industrial building that is now closed, that have a lot of character. When i walked close to it before sunrise i took some shots and went to photograph the Ducks. When i came back the sun was just rising and the scene i photographed earlier had beautiful sidelight, so i took the exact same composition.
Canon T3i with 70-200mm/4 L, tripod.
This week i’m posting a landscape photo that i took this week on my way to work. I knew that there would be some fog over the St-Lawrence river since it was -26C when i woke-up.
Electrical Pylons in the fog at sunrise along the St-Lawrence river.
Canon T3i, 70-200mm/4L, tripod.
Went to photograph Mallard Ducks again this week-end and came back with some interesting shot but this one here is my favorite.
Canon 7D with 400mm/5.6 L tripod.
This time it’s a photo of a Black Duck that i took last week-end on a cold morning (-22C) around sunrise. The fog add to the atmosphere of the silouhetted Duck.
Canon 7D with 400mm/5.6L, tripod.