Weekly challenge - strategies for “harsh” light

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  1. johngpt

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    From the moment I got to Albuquerque's Old Town, I was seeing patterns of light and dark.
    Repetitive patterns and bold shapes are often for what we have to look in New Mexico's hard light.
    Our shadows are often fascinating with their sharp edges due to our elevation.

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    stripes at mid day


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    And this technique is sort of a cop-out, but none the less a technique for mid day.
    Drag your subject into the shade!
    My understanding is that portrait photographers who have the poor luck to be shooting at mid day will have their subjects move into shade. It might be under a tree. It might be in into the shade of a building.
    Not having a human subject I lucked out at the Albuquerque Museum's sculpture garden with this figure in the shade.

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    in the shade


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    My luckiest shot of the year, i think. I looked up from the crossword on my favorite bench and saw what I thought had possibilities. As usual I had my iPhone with me (to listen to old time radio while doing the puzzle. I took the shot, and then played around editing on the phone, using Photos and my "let's see what happens if I do this" approach. I'm including the original image after the black and white. BTW, I covered so much in the original because I just recently learned that the image quality on the phone is much better if you crop rather than zoom.
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    You need a bigger phone! It fits my iPhone 6s perfectly.

    I see a face in the petal pattern. Smiling half profile angle looking camera right.

    Oh that’s nice.
     
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    Outstanding catch and rendering 'otherprof.'

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    I guess my main strategy for dealing with hard, mid day light is to restrict my view as I look for repetitive shapes and bold shadows.
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    Infrared allows me to increase the time of day at which I can shoot, but I still prefer it close to golden hours.
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    And last, when needing to create an image mid day but wanting to avoid harsh light and shadow, there is the tried and true technique of bringing your subject into shade.
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    Thank you Sharon (SquarePeg) for an interesting challenge that fortunately lends itself nicely to those of us living here in the US southwest! There might not be a day in a week if the challenge was to shoot in gray or flat light! :)

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    Did you get the old man in the bench?


    Personally I love to shoot the San Felipe de Neri myself.

    The steeples are fun to shoot with afternoon lighting and impossible without large floods to counter the shadows.

    But makes a great harsh shadow effect.
     
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    Hmm, I wonder why two of the small size images aren't showing in my post?
    They both show in the preview when I click on Edit.
     
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    Wish I had some of the petroglyph shots that I could post, but they are in storage.
    THATS contrast!
     
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    I didn't get the old man this visit.
    I've still got an infrared shot of San Felipe de Neri from last July that I really like but haven't yet posted to Flickr.
    Perhaps I should today.

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    Me thinks so...
    An IR of the Church is a neat idea.

    I shot the church years ago with a Salyut Med. Format russian Brick once.
    The view window on the back fogged the film, but it fogged it directly over the center of the cross.

    Talk about divine humor!
     

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