Above the sea, the light is very special, as I already said a few times.
The fields are empty expect the corn and some potato fields. Most of the empty fields are already prepared for the next year.
Temperatures are already quite low: max 15°C during the day despite the sun already has its warming abilities. Days became shorter and the nights longer. Later this week fall officially starts (although fall starts on September 1st for the meteorologists).
It’s time for another Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole. Have fun and don’t forget to the check out the other photographers contributions.
Today, I have an image for you, which is kind of typical for November although it’s taken two weeks ago in the early morning of October, 28th at 6:42 a.m. It’s the full moon above a foggy landscape.
When the Romans tried to conquer the parts of Europe north of the Alps about 2.000 years ago, they were confronted with huge dark and dense forests. Because of the Gulf stream, central Europe has a quite mild, but wet climate.* Rain falls down and the forests give back parts of the moisture by sweating fog. For the common sun pampered roman soldiers, these conditions were very frightening. Finally, they were unable to conquer the parts east of the river Rhine, despite their endeavors and they paid a very high price for their efforts. West of the river Rhine the landscape wasn’t forested as east of the river. So, they were able to found several cities in todays France and in todays Germany along the west bank of river Rhine: i.e. Trier, Cologne, Xanten to name a few of them.
Nowadays, we don’t have so much forests anymore. Thus, we have thick fogs ‘only’ in fall and spring. Although, they can occur during summer, too, but only on very distinct weather conditions and only very local.
* Imagine, New York is located nearly parallel to Rome in Italy. Rome is locate yet 1° further north than New York, that’s about 111 km. And while New York suffers from snow each winter, Rome almost never sees any snow flake. That’s a result of the Gulf stream.
Rome 41° 53′ N, 12° 29′ O
New York 40° 43′ N, 74° 0′ W
and I’m living about 1,100 km north of Rome
This week Monochrome Madness hosted by the Australian photographer Leanne Cole has a specific theme. It’s clouds.
Clouds are quite special. They bring structure in a dull gray sky or may pop out in bright white on a sunny day. When thinking of photographing clouds, you might think first of beautiful illuminated clouds at sunset. But, in monochrome there are way more situations for beautiful clouds. Have a look on a past post, when I compared a shot developed in color to the same shot in bw. Another kind of cloud-photography you can often find in fineart and architecture photography: long exposures.
For a better contrast, you should use a yellow-filter in front of your lens. This filter works on the color spectrum inside the natural ‘white’ light. The gray tones are moved (other colored filters would do the same, but working on different colors). That part of the light, that has the same color of the filter, is intensified (that means: becomes brighter), while the complement color is alleviated (which means: becomes darker). This effect is very welcomed in black-and-white photography to get a certain mood in the resulting image.
Back to our yellow filter. How does it work? Yellow becomes brighter, while blue becomes darker. So, white clouds pop out of a dark sky.
Why should you do this? Black-and-white film (and software, too, when not correcting this), get too bright skies without much structure. A quite dull image!
Other possible filters are colored in orange, green, red and blue. Each of them works on the mentioned color to brighten it and on the complementing color to darken it. Each of them has its certain field of work. The yellow filter, instead, is the most commonly used filter in landscape photography.
Although not photographers, you can find the effect also in movies by i.e. Alfred Hitchcock or Leni Riefenstahl.
You wonder about my subject?
OK, here we have a saying for the kids: when the evening sky turns orange / red in fall and early winter like in the photos, that the angels and the Christkind (Child Jesus Christ) are starting to bake cookies for christmas. And the color is from heating the oven. Even nearly no one has a oven to be heated up by wood fire, the saying still exists.
Are there similar explanations for the reddish sky during fall and early winter in your country?