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Don’t Let the Mid-Day Sun Ruin Your Photo Outing

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Yes, for outdoors shooting it’s hard to beat the “magic hours” of sunrise and sunset – and the two to three hours after sunrise and before sunset aren’t too bad either.  But what do you do with that “11-3″ slot?  Here’s two scenarios to try.

Get in Close

The harsh mid-day light will have less impact on your shots if you get in close to the subject and eliminate any background elements.  You purposefully minimize the high contrast range in your shot.  The engine shot above was at high noon.  By getting in close I eliminated the bright sky and white concrete – not to mention the reflections off the leading wing edges.

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Shoot HDR

You don’t like HDR you say?  Really?  Maybe it’s the “grungy” HDR that doesn’t suit your style?

Remember, that “grungy” and exaggerated look is only one style of HDR.  High Dynamic Range photography can look anywhere from very natural all the way to over the top.  Shooting HDR at high noon (the way the second image above was shot) makes the lighting conditions virtually irrelevant.  Take 3 to 5 shots over a range of exposures, use your favorite HDR or stacking program and make a great natural looking shot.

Many More Ways

There are many other scenarios to use during “bad” lighting times, not just these.  Plenty of interesting things can be found in the shade and a small diffuser can give you a bit of your own shade for smaller objects.  Flowers, insects, old fences, abandoned equipment.  Take the time to look and you’ll find your mid-day shots!

Stay in Focus,

Mark

Friday Funnies – March 16th

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Just Hanging Around . . . Waiting for a Chance to Split

Sometimes you just never know what the lens of your camera will find – so take it as it comes!

I’ve seen others create images with this pose – and have actively tried to get my own for the past several years with no success.  While chasing a Wood Duck recently (also with no success) – this little fellow decided to pose right in front of me for a few seconds.

  • First lesson learned:  All the shots you’re looking for will come your way . . . but it will be in nature’s time, not necessarily yours.
  • Second lesson learned:  That shot may come your way and only stay for a moment – so be prepared.  Understand your equipment, settings and exposure requirements intimately so you can switch on the fly – and take advantage of the beauty nature has chosen to place in front of you.

Stay in focus,

Mark

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