So, what am I looking for? Shadows of course! To find the shadows you often just have to shift your camera position 180º from flat light to get short light like this…
|f9.5 @ 1/60 sec., ISO 400|
|f9.5 @ 1/60 sec. ISO 400|
This next image is one of my favorites from Pompeii and is one NONE of the tourists even saw from this very dramatic angle. I was walking down a street with the other tourists and I stopped to peak over a wall, just because I could; being 6'2" and saw this gorgeous granary in perfect side light!
|f4.0 @ 1/60 ISO 400|
This is basically window light--the door like opening on the right is narrowing the light--while the wall on the left, acting as a GOBO, is blocking light creating nice shadows on the mill stone.
It's usually easier to find this kind of lighting with interiors near an opening like a door or window or an exterior hall way, but when you venture outside it's more difficult.
When outside I look for anything that is making a shadow. Of course, if the sun is straight up you're out of luck and would have to come back later in the day.
|f19.0 @ 1/180 sec., ISO 400|
That's what it's all about in my world…Shadows and Drama!
'Til next week…should you have questions or comments please don't hesitate to ask.
Author: Jerry W Venz, Certified Master Craftsman
Training site: http://www.LightAtTheEdge.com