I’m no expert but to me photography is all about light and shadows. The goal is generally to achieve a balance between the surrounding shadows and your subject so that they can both be seen in a better light (pun intended).
This is especially challenging when photographing landscapes. There is generally too much light and too much infinity . It’s hard to focus on both the foreground and the background at the same time, especially in sunny conditions. The best times to take photo’s are in early morning or early evening when the sun in low and the light is diffused .
At those times you can play with the reflected light and the shadows created by the low slant of the sun .
Finding a good contrast between the light and the dark creates energy and drama and makes a picture dynamic.
Light travels in one direction, in a straight line from its source. Changing the direction of the source relative to your subject, whether back-lit, front-lit or side-lit, changes how we view the subject and the mood it evokes. This back-lit photo silhouettes the subjects and allow them anonymity and intimacy while highlighting the flowing water of the Victoria Jubilee fountain.
White is the hardest color to photograph (at least on my camera). It generally shows a mass with little definition, but the low diffused light of morning allowed me to capture the interesting flowers of this Aesculus glabra (Ohio Buckeye).
In the harsh glare of the noon-day sun the colors seem to bleed into each other and there is a flat, one-dimensional quality to the subjects of my admiration. While the quality of the photo isn’t the best, the subject matter is.
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