COURSEWORK: THE LANGUAGE OF LIGHT

PROJECT 2: DAYLIGHT

Exercise 4.2

In manual mode take a sequence of shots of a subject of your choosing at different times on a single day. It doesn’t matter if the day is overcast or clear but you need a good spread of times from early morning to dusk. You might decide to fix your viewpoint or you might prefer to ‘work into’ your subject, but the important thing is to observe the light, not just photograph it. Add the sequence to your learning log together with a timestamp from the time/date info in the metadata. In your own words, briefly describe the quality of light in each image.

I took colour photographs of the same location, hourly from 8am to 7pm (unfortunately I didn’t make sunrise). It was a spring morning and the weather was fair throughout the day. I used a tripod to maintain the same viewpoint and shot in manual mode with auto white balance. I initially shot this on a cloudy day but found it hard to observe changes in the lighting so reshot on a relatively sunny day.

_MG_2881 8.00 am 8am: Sun,still rising. Temperature, cool. Colour, light blue. Light appearance, soft diffused Shadows: soft and long.

_MG_2885 9.00 am.jpg 9am: Sun, brightening. Temperature, warming.  Colour, whitish. Light appearance, still soft. Shadows, thinning.

_MG_2888 10.00.jpg 10am: Sun, strengthening. Temperature,warming. Colour, White/grey. Light appearance, more clarity. Shadows, beginning to harden increasing in contrast.

_MG_2888 10.00 11am: Sun, still not directly overhead. Temperature, warm. Colour, blue/white. Light appearance, clear. Shadows, filled out but still soft.

_MG_2892 12.00.jpg 12am: Sun, overhead quite harsh. Temperature, warm. Colour, blue. Light appearance, very clear. Shadows: minimal. Reflections in the pond are detailed and accurate.

_MG_2894 13.00 1pm: Sun, already decreasing. Temperature, warm. Colour, blue but yellowing. Light appearance, clear.  Shadows, more minimal. Reflection in the pond has already darkened and lost detail.

_MG_2896 14.00 pm.jpg 2pm: Sun, behind cloud.Temperature, cool. Colour, White/grey. Light appearance, dull. Shadows, not evident. Reflection in the pond is all dark.

_MG_2897 15.00 pm.jpg 3pm: Sun, behind cloud. Temperature, cool. Colour, grey/white. Light appearance, dimming already. Shadows, soft and light.

_MG_3652 4pm.jpg 4pm: Sun, returning but low. Temperature, cool. Colour, White/blue. Light appearance: slightly brighter. Shadows, soft.

_MG_3654 5pm.jpg 5pm: Sun, dimming. Temperature, cooler. Colour, White/grey. Light appearance: dimming. Shadows and reflections beginning to look crisper.

_MG_3657 6pm.jpg 6pm: Sun, Low and weak. Temperature, very cool. Colour, Blue/grey. Light appearance, poor. Shadows: crisp.

_MG_3660 7.00pm.jpg 7pm: Sun, almost down. Temperature, cold. Colour, White with blue colour cast. Light appearance, very soft. Shadows: still evident.

My learning:

  • It was noticeable when reviewing the images how the temperature of the colour changed throughout the day and as the sunlight varied. I’m not sure if I will be able to observe this first hand so easily.
  • How  the clarity of the light varies as conditions change.
  • That there are far more variations in light than dim to bright.
  • That the daylight conditions affect the edges as well as the length of the shadows.
  • That the daylight conditions have a noticeable effect upon reflections.
  • Shooting in manual ensures I am more conscious of lighting conditions and how quickly they change ( even in split seconds).
  • To continue to observe different qualities of light in different conditions,locations and seasons and to think how to best use it.

 

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