Weekly challenge - strategies for “harsh” light

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  1. johngpt

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    I'm rereading Michael Freeman's Capturing Light. He begins with what we photographers often think of as light in which it is difficult to shoot pleasing photos: gray light and then hard light.


     
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    mid day Rio Grande bosque 11Jun19


    I got into shooting through an infrared filter in part to extend the time of day I could shoot beyond the golden hours.
    Today I went out to the Rio Grande and shot this at 1:30p.
    Mid day we often have strong light and bold shadows. Infrared thankfully likes that.

    There are other strategies for mid day, hard light that I'm hoping to utilize tomorrow.
    The place I wanted to go is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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    Took this tonight in some seriously strong light. Had to try several spots and various metering modes and settings before I got something usable. Also used a polarizing filter.
     
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    I can't see an image?
     
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    I bet she’s tricking us!
     
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    Nope just couldn’t get that image to upload! Meant to delete my post but forgot.
     
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    Nikon F, 50mm f/2 Ais, Tmax 100, Tmax developer. It was a bright day, high sun, street shooting, forgot my flash. So I decided to rate the Tmax at 50 ISO and underdevelop 15% in order to have a little detail in the shadows and not blow the highlights. I haven't shot much of this film. I don't have a metered prism so I sunny 16 it. It was bright most of the day but if you look at this image, you see the shadows of the people are soft. I surmised if f/16 and 1/60s, this scene is stop less so I dropped it a stop to f/11. Developed for 6:00 min as opposed to 7.5. Seemed pretty good by the scan. I bumped the curves in post. I could have left the scan as it was. In other words, no highlights were blown in scan of negative. For the challenge, I shot the entire roll in this fashion. Worked out well, I used about half the roll the day before at a golf outing. P.S. this one is for @Derrel , I learned this technique out of a Hedgecoe book from the 70's.

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    I wish I could see it without scrolling to better appreciate your framing of all these angles JC.
     
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    Aha! I can!
    By replying to your post JC, I can alt+ctrl click on your attachment and it opens up in its own window, fitting my screen!
    Very nicely caught image.
     
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    Shooting in New Mexico, we have harsh light and sharply defined shadows due to our elevation.
    The location I'd hoped to be at today was not open to the public so instead I headed to Albuquerque's Old Town.
    When faced with 'hard' light, I hunt for those well defined shadows looking for interesting patterns.
    The greatest challenge is to avoid blowing out the highlights, so under exposure is often indicated.
    This was caught with the mobile phone as I couldn't back off far enough for either of my Fujis.
    This was in a narrow alleyway.

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    John, you can also (on PC) right click the image in the thread and select "view image" it will fit on screen.
     
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    June 11, 2019 12:45 pm, L.A., Sun overhead, Jacaranda petals and Jacaranda shadows on the ground. Sony a6000 16-50mm

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