Saturday, May 7, 2011

Revisiting the Farm

I was driving home from Dinosaur Provincial Park yesterday with my family. While we were driving down the road I was keeping my eye on the sky and watched as it developed into dusk. As we approached a farm that I had photographed a few years ago I decided to stop and take some pictures.

 The Image above was taken On August 4, 2006 at 6:15 AM and the sun was rising in the East. I did not have any filters with me and had to make do with what I had.

The Image above is what I shot last night (May 6, 2011) at about 8:15 PM with the sun setting in the West. I had my filters with me this time.

You can see the diffence in the two images. In the first one I did not get as close to the water and I included  white fence on the right. The inclusion of fence and the grass on the bottom is a bit distracting. I could have cropped out the fence and the grass but then I would have cut off the right edge of the creek as well. This time around I made sure I was nice an close to the water to eliminate both issues. The other major difference is the position of the sun. In the first image the sun is in the frame causing the sky to be blown out. I had to take multiple exposures and then combined them in post. In the second image the sun was setting behind me and I was able to control the contrast between the sky and the ground easier. The use of graduated filters made this image really come alive.

I like both images don't get me wrong. My style has changed over the last few years and I am glad that I was able to try a different angle at a different time of day.

Just because you have "been there and done that" doesn't mean you can't do it again. Try going to a location several times and at different times of the day. See what happens with your photos and how the light changes. Try different settings and make some mistakes. That's how we learn.

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