Exercise variety with a low sun.
The aim of this exercise is to produce four images showing the following.
Frontal light – this is light which comes from behind the camera and strikes the subject directly. The results should appear intense and any shiny parts of the subject will reflect the sun. I note also to be careful not to throw any of my own shadows into the image. This image of the bull in New York shows the reflections of the light shining directly on it. It was a sunny winter day about two hours before sunset. The sun was still quite bright at this time. The image however can appear a little flat and one dimensional. This image almost looks like the bull was superimposed. There is reasonable detail and texture.
The next step to demonstrate side lighting. With the sun to the left or the right more or less half the subject will be lit and half in shadow. It is important to expose for both the shaded and lit part of the image.
Back Lighting, shooting towards the light. Depending on weather the sun is in view or hidden behind the subject. The exposure may be difficult to predict bracketing is advised. This one I found quite difficult as each image I shot showed rim lighting or had too much glare etc. Back lighting can create two effects that I can see one is a silhouette and the other can be to illuminate in the case of flowers or foliage and can be quite pretty. I have tried to show both of these. This light has managed to show texture and colour in the shadows and the glistening metallic side in the part lit up. It gives a good overall image and is much more three dimensional. The image below shows how back lighting has created a silhouette of the person and we can see very little detail of his features. Admittedly we still have a tiny amount of side lighting which we can see on his shoulder and leg. The backlighting is also evident with the water which is illuminated and allows us to see right through it.
This is a special way of shooting towards the sun and with the sun out of the viewfinder so as to light up the edges of the subject. By lighting up the edges of the bulls face it gives emphasis to its shape.
Book Light Science and Magic preparation for assignment 4.
Light art of photography working towards
Photographers with great use of light.
Photographer Gail Albert Halaban