Mind the Shade

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There are so many things to remember when trying to make a good photograph.  I recently talked about Keep It Clean, and reducing clutter in a photo.  Another important consideration is Shade and Light.

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In the photo above, it’s easy to see the large disparity between exposures – intense shade and shadows in the water, and blown highlights in the sky and trees.  To make the photo successful, I could have done an HDR to take multiple photos with the proper exposure for each separate condition (Shadow & Highlights), and them merged them later.

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Or, using the light that I had, I could cut out the blown highlights in camera, and turned my attention to where the light was more even and exposed for the shadows just by looking down.  Cutting out the highlights yielded a more interesting and focused composition.

Remember… mind the Shade & Light, when composing that pic.

 

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First Fall

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Living in the woods, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite season, as we have all 4 of them.  They all have their own beauty.  Having said that, I do love Fall.  As a photographer, Fall provides such photographic possibilities.  While it is a grand subject, made busy by the very trees and leaves that make it beautiful.  The trick is to separate out the color from the busyness, while maintaining the intent.

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Our Fall has only just begun, but it is coming fast.  The temps are dropping, as are the leaves.  So these are the first Fall photos of the year, but there promise to be more…. and I can’t wait for the challenge and the beauty that comes with it.

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