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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 162: “It’s all about the light”

“It’s all about the light” is the topic for this week’s Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge hosted by Tina. I really have to stress this statement, because it’s a key message regardless of the kind of photography you’re practicing. Photographing a fantastic model or scene at the wrong time or having the wrong light makes the result dull and boring. Even postprocessing can’t change it.

2017-08-27 14:35h
2017-09-17 07:40h
2019-09-21 06:28h
2020-09-05 15:41h (view from a different direction)
2020-09-12 07:18h

These images are taken at the same location. For each image, I wrote down the date and the time. So, you can compare the different light situations. OK, two of the images are taken in the afternoon and the other three are taken around sunrise. But, even when comparing the images taken at a similar time you can see a huge difference as you can see in the next section.

2017-09-17 07:41h
2019-09-21 06:51h
2020-09-12 07:38h

 

Here, it’s the same. I love the 2017 image most. In 2019, we had nearly no morning fog and in 2020 it was too much fog. On the other hand, both years had no clouds to offer. Finally, I want to show you my favorite image from those 5 trips to that location.

2017-09-17 07:35h

In this image, we can see the warmth of the golden hour, morning fog, some clouds making the sky interesting, and a star in the tree created by the aperture blades from the light of the sun behind the tree.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming weather conditions to see if it’s worth another trip. It’s a one-hour drive to get there (not counting the walk over sandy ground) and sunrise is at around 6:30-7:00. So, I’d have to get up at 5 a.m to be on location on time.

Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable bad this year. Gray skies covered with lots of could and much rain. Instead of summer, we got already 3 months of fall up to now this year. Since mid of May, we only got 5 days’ worth of the label “summer”. (I’m reminding you of the days of hard rain and flooding in mid-July) So, we’re hoping for a golden fall now.

 

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Take care!

16 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 162: “It’s all about the light””

  1. stunning images, Andre! It is indeed weather plays part on photography, it is a constant challenge to take pictures during rainy days – at least for me 😁

    1. thanks, Indah. Rainy days need a different approach. You have to avoid having the sky in your frame, except when the sky has appealing structures from the clouds. When in a city, you can used the reflections of the wet streets or rain poodles. And, by using an ND filter and a flash you can simulate the blue hour. I have tons of images from Iceland in my archive. You know, Iceland is the capitol of rain during summer. You need to stop away from the image you have in your mind. Take the scene as it is and you can get great images even during rain.

  2. As you know Andre I’m a sucker for your beautiful fog images so no complaints from you about no sun please! My favorite this week is the next to last image which is beautifully soft and muted. I’d definitely frame it!

  3. Ah, what a delicious gallery of light, Andre! Loved every one of them, but especially the foggy and misty one. And the last one.

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