Landscape Photography Tip #3: Working With The Weather

Miniature Grandeur
       Working With The Weather: Fall has started, the leaves are changing fast, giving photographers little time to take advantage of the dramatic event. The weather has been dim and gloom of late, Most people will look down on this weather and think that it is good for nothing. However, overcast lighting with a slight touch of moisture on the foliage is the perfect weather for waterfall photography and extracting saturation from foliage. The reduced dynamic range of the overcast lighting helps a photographer capture the scene in a delicate soft light that compliments the changing foliage, as well as, keeping the flowing water from being rendered as 'blown out'.

        Overcast light acts as a massive soft box, the sunlight becomes diffused from the cloud cover, allowing soft light to pass through. The shadows that this situation creates are very soft, it provides a soft transition between the highlights and the shadows. This creates a scene that is easily captured with minimal filter use. As a photographer, this light is very important. We must work everyday and find interesting subjects and compositions in any light condition. Motivation for most is slim under poor conditions, but we, as photographers, must thrive during the 'worst' weather available and make the best out of it. I used the defused lighting and a circular polarization lens (CPL) filter to amplify the saturation of the current foliage hues. This filter comes into its own on days like this, one is able to cut the reflection off of wet foliage, as well as, increase the scenes saturation. I hope this is information is truly helpful, if you have any questions, please feel free to E-mail me at jbphotography2@yahoo.com

Technical details:
Above: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm lens (@14mm), circular polarizer filter, 3-stop neutral density filter, ISO 100, F/16, 2 seconds.
Below: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm lens (@10mm), circular polarizer filter, 3-stop neutral density filter, ISO 100, F/22, .8 second.

Changing of the Seasons

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