Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Caught by Light

Thought I would share two recent pictures that highlight the use of natural lighting conditions to make a interesting picture. I like looking for naturally occurring lighting effects to highlight my pictures. Some seem to be just right as they occur naturally and give a great shot just by moving into a good position to use it as in the first photo.  Other times you see the picture and have to adjust the light a little to get the dramatic effect you envision as in the second photo.

Photo one was taken with the Leica D-Lux 4 and the natural light following over his shoulder highlighted the picture. I saw how the light was accenting the subject of the photo and just had to move my position to best take advantage of it. There is no post processing on this picture other than resizing it and converting from raw to jpg.

In this photo I was working mid morning on a sunny day with filtered  and shadowy light falling on this flower. To further focus in on the subject of the picture I set the camera the Leica D-Lux 4 to F4 ISO 80 1/800 and -2 exposure compensation. This did the trick it highlighted the natural light and framed the photo just as I had envisioned it. No post processing was needed just conversion from raw to jpg.

1 comment:

  1. To Ted,

    First of all, thank you so much for this great blog, which help me explore the amazingly compact D-Lux4's full potential.

    I am a newbie to the photography. Somehow I always set the aperture to F2 whenever possible in the Aperture Mode. But I notice yours is F4 on this flower, did you try not to defocus the background?

    Or I should simply ask: how do you determine the setting between F2 1/1600 and F4 1/800 when you can obtain the same exposure?

    Greatly appreciate if you can point me to the right direction, like which website to read for the basic photography and lighting, how to structure a picture... etc.