Capturing the right light is a very important part of capturing a good landscape. Think of the mood, the feeling evoked and how the viewer responds to your picture. All affected by the light.
7.20am: I bolted out of the camper trailer, realising that the sun was on the way up. Huffing and puffing 400 metres up the hill got me to the walkway.
It had been a cold damp night with dew all around, so the rocks, moss and leaves had a nice shine to them. There it was, the sun breaking through the cloud. It really was worth getting up for .....and my mates were still getting organised at camp!
I got the first shots on my 24-70mm lens then wandered down the walkway trying a few angles from there. The cloud was moving quite quickly, so seeing that, I rushed back to near my original spot and used my 20mm lens, stretching the scene and giving it more depth.
The light was glorious, just peeking through low fog drifting around the tree tops, hills disappearing off into the distance.
10.05am: It was a very warm morning as we wandered slowly up to the walkway. I was actually quite stunned how the sunlight was so harsh and hot compared to my first time there. I only took a few shots from about the same position as 2010 but his time the harsh light threw hard shadows around on the rock. The moss was quite brown, being summer, so the whole scene felt a little dead.
May: The Soft Light shot
The shadows on the hills create depth and texture
The mist effect with the light coming through creates a beautiful glow especially with the sunlight peeking from behind the tree.
The patch of blue sky adds a lift to the picture and visually balances with the bottom left.
The warm green and yellow moss tones compliment nicely with the overall glow effect of the light.
Although there is soft light, it still has direction which creates the shine off the leaves and walkway boards. It also helps create the chiseled 3D edge effect of the railing.
February: The Hard light shot
The dappled light and shade create a complex busy pattern making it harder to view. It is almost a jarring effect.
The flat area in the green forest at the centre of the picture lacks dimension and depth.
The overcast blue clouds create a colder heavier feeling, lowering the mood
The brown tones of foreground and rock gives a feeling of dry, harshness
It makes them keep looking and looking.
Hopefully they just want to wander (visually) down this whimsical walkway to discover their future ………..perhaps?
The true serendipity of this story ……. jump out of bed early to get the shot!
These visits really proved to me (I already knew but had to be reminded) that the time of day and light can make a world of difference to your landscape pics. This early light matters!
Getting the right light
I do believe that the light, those dawn-early hours and dusk-late hours give you a better chance (serendipity) of getting amazing results. Yes the weather and the season do have to be favourable (yes, that's serendipity too), but that’s part of the challenge.
When you get that great ‘shot’ (that’s the pay-off) it’s all been worthwhile!