This is one of my favourite recent pictures. This is the final edit.
This picture was taken in the New Forest in Hampshire – not to be confused with a picture taken in a forest in New Hampshire!
I was walking around the New Forest one lunchtime, making the most of the fantastic autumn weather in this lovely place. And yes I take photographs at lunchtime. Well to be precise this image was taken at 14:07.
So when you hear all those people say only shoot in the golden light, sunrise, sunset, blue hour etc etc just think this. Is the light no good any other time?
Of course it is.
Whilst these specific times are great for those dramatic sunrises and sunsets, do we all have the luxury of taking photographs at these times only?
Of course not.
I am an architectural photographer. I do not have the luxury of picking the times when I photograph buildings. It just does not work like that. I photograph buildings when my clients want the photographing, and have to make the best of the light I find at the location.
What we all need to do as photographers is this.
Think about the light. Look at the light – where it is, and what it is doing.
I have written about this before, and will no doubt write about it again. I don’t want to go too far from this image in this post, but any chance you get to take photographs is better that's not taking them, at any time of the day, in any kind of weather.
Just get out and shoot.
Phew. I feel better getting that out of the way.
Now back to the image.
This is an HDR image. I have merged the two stop under exposed image (1/400th second at f11) and the two stop over (1/25th second) exposed images, and combined them in Lightroom CC using the HDR Merge feature.
I decided to try an an HDR image as I wanted to capture all the highlights, as well as the colours, textures and in particular the light in the shadows in the ground.
The correctly exposed image could not replicate both the highlights and the shadows in the scene.
This is a great example of when to use HDR. The final image contains all that lovely bright light and all the detail in the shadows.
A quick word on the image capture. Only the most important bit I know.
This image is all about the autumn colours in the scene, and the sunlight that I am shooting straight into, which is diffused by the trees.
I positioned myself so I didn't have the actual sun in my picture, which I did not want. I just wanted the burst of light and the colours in the scene. And of course all those fantastic natural textures. This is what I saw when I was there, and the thing I was drawn to when I took the image. The light through the trees, and the shadows.
This version of the image has had some distractions removed in the foreground in Photoshop. And that is that.
Another brand new image I like a lot.
My final digression here. Everything else has ben put to one side for a while, as I am (to be perfectly honest) rather obsessed with taking pictures of the autumn colours down here in Dorset and Hampshire, so there will be lots of brand new landscape photography in November.
Make sure you come back to my blog to see what I come up with.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Tuesday 15th November 2016