Light

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In landscape photography light plays an important part. The current non-summer we are experiencing has meant that its been in short supply of late. These pictures with their dramatic bursts of sunlight against a dark stormy sky were a few seconds of magic in a mainly dull afternoon.


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom


In the absence of good light, by which we usually mean sunlight, there are other alternatives available. A concentration on form, shape and texture and using flat dull conditions that give an even and uniform illumination can produce images that work well.  


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom


By keeping pictures light, and by using Photoshop to boost contrast its possible to create images that take advantage of often unpromising conditions.


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom


Unfortunately in the UK we get lots of time to practice these techniques.




STOP PRESS.


At the end of yet another dull grey day the sun came out with rich golden light. I raced to get a couple of shots. It really is living on scraps at the moment.


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom


Panasonic Lumix GH1 Panasonic Leica 14-140mm zoom