Thursday, December 18, 2008

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH STREAMING LIGHT

I see a teeth and tongue


This is the jetty in Ramsey. As simple as that for a subject. The sun was behind the jetty. The tide as you can see was low. The sun high noon sun shone through the jetty slats bouncing the light on the low water creating a white glow. The jetty slats broke the light as it streamed through creating the illusion of the slats being black. Desaturate the image, so taking any colour out which in this case was a slight blue tinge to the water and there you have it, the above image.


Ok it's not that simple! Firstly you have to spot the potential in the subject in the first place. That is what separates photographers from people who take photographs. Composition. So many potentially good images are ruined by poor balancing or setting of the image. Think before you click. Have you got what you want in the right place. Timing. The light was perfect at this time, but only at this time. To get that slither of white swirling shimmering light was at the time of taking the image or not at all. The ensuing tide would have been too reflective casting a white sheet of colour over the water rather than just that central column with the outer edges silver and the slats jet black. Taken once only and desaturated to a monochrome image. No other alteration apart form re size for the blog.


Now it's your turn. Go on and post your results with no photoshop!


Unfortunately I won't be around to answer to many queries. Laptop time is now down to the bear minimum. Emails are on hold. It's why you have another archive from the real photography section. Not so much whether you like it, but to learn from.

36 comments:

marley said...

I like it! If you can make the sunshine at the right time, when I find the right object then I'll do it! Lol :)

Hope the laptop situation sorts out soon. Any news with Gary and job potential? (If you know what I mean)

Gail's Man said...

Not much good light and water around at the moment. Just grey, grey, grey. My Skywatch photo might be a problem tomorrow. We'll see.

I'll rise to your challenge of taking a photo featuring light. I only use Photoshop for my Paintbox Pictures efforts. My blogging photos are as they came, with only a minor tweak, like cropping and contrast.

Anonymous said...

If it was that simple you would not be the best. Thanks for the tips but I will never be this good.

Gaelyn said...

Very nice capture, old or new. And thanks for the info. I rarely do anything to my photos, yet am grateful for digital so I can take lots of pics. But, you're so right about catching the light when it's there. Sure hope your laptop arrives soon.

Ms. Hays said...

I will definitely keep that in mind - thank you!

Anonymous said...

I learn more here about photography than anywhere. I wonder perhaps why you do not have a website? Is hosting a problem there? Your business needs one. Blogs are only daily.

John said...

Lovely capture. Love it!

Hendrawan Riau said...

ok Friend.. You are the Tutor :)

Laurie said...

Babooshka, I love the way you compose photographs. This is so graphic and beautiful -- and yes, thanks to you, now all I see are teeth and a tongue! I love the texture and the stark contrast. And I wish I could pick your brain for all my photography questions.

George Townboy said...

Awesome!

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Amazing! and beautiful. Thanks for the photography lesson, many like me need more of it.

Jim said...

Nice shot, taking a shot like that is hard.

PJ said...

Say, "Aaaah". Actually, I think this tongue might be ululating. The ways the light is squiggling on the water reminds me of a Van Gogh painting, highly textured and contrasted. So striking.

Small City Scenes said...

The photo was very hynotizing until you broke it down to the mechanics of it all.
thanks for the info. MB

magiceye said...

brilliant!
thank you so much for the tutorial!

Jules said...

Yes I saw teeth and tongue too!!
Nice shot - did you get wet taking it???

Jackie said...

That's the thing, it's spotting the potential isn't it? I think I'm getting better at that, though like Gail's Man the lack of sun here means that this type of image won't appear too often on Glasgow DP!

For my picture today, I took the photo and the people I was with thought I was mad. But then my friend's son started as well, and he ended up with some fantastic shots that were much better than mine (he's 11!).

Dina ... UK said...

I see the same teeth and a tongue.
great imagination...

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

Thank you very much for the explanation that you give to us. I'll try to prove your teachings I get to see.

Dan Tezza said...

thanks for the tip, stored that away for the future!

Brad Boston said...

LB,

Thanks for the lesson. Do you shoot mainly black and white?

Joy said...

I see them, too! You inspire me to take more beautiful photos.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo.


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Buck said...

It's a magical shot, and understanding the mechanics makes it even more magical that such a thing can be caught at all. Brava!

Blognote said...

There is a reason that you have 419 followers in your blog: the photography and most interesting comments you share with us and which I read with pleasure! This is why I have nominated you among eight others for the two awards I received myself. This is a real pleasure for me!

Peter said...

My photographic ambitions are certainly not be the same as yours... but I try to learn. (... and I never used PhotoShop ... yet!)

Dan said...

Wow, what a great photo of such a simple subject. You continue to inspire me! Wonderful work.

Knoxville Girl said...

beauty in simplicity, but so much thought and decisions go on behind the scenes of these "simple" shots. Thanks for sharing. You need some laptop triage, stat. Any computer geniuses on the island?

mirage2g said...

I see that too! I am having difficulty with this kind of photography..you obviously dont!!!

Ann said...

Always happy to learn.

Bibi said...

Nice! Maybe someone commented on this before, but the reflections of the slats in the water look almost three-dimensional---optical illusion.

photonio said...

i like it !!!!

Susie of Arabia said...

The time of day is so important for picture taking. I have such a problem with that here because I am not free to go out and take photos when I want to - so I just have to take what I can get here. And most often my shots are taken from a moving car with dirty windows, further complicating everything! Grrrr!

Baruch said...

Beautifully taken. A 100 shots? That's when creativity kicks in. Go Babooshka!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this is beautiful

Marie-Noyale said...

I really like when you give advice on photography and I think it's nice of you to SHARE your knowledge,some like to keep it to themselves!!
THANK YOU.

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

"That is what separates photographers from people who take photographs. Composition."

Good point. Sometimes I think what separates the two is the willingness to take the time and effort to get tack sharp images-- which I certainly don't always do.

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