4/15/12

Warm evening near Wetmore Landing, Marquette, MI

Last Light

       A group of large rocks bathe in subtle light during twilight near Wetmore Landing in early March. I shot near twilight to prevent the fire from becoming too powerful of a light source and to give it enough attention to bring a level of warmth and comfort into the image. 

       Shooting near the edges of day can create very powerful imagery. The lighting is quite soft twenty to forty minutes before the sun rises and after the sun sets. The lighting during twilight has a soft feel to it, but that does not mean it is easy to photograph. The dynamic range of the scene can still be quite large. This means one might have to use a graduated ND filter or bracket two to three exposures to capture all of the light in the scene. Soft light has its advantages like soft shadows and smooth traditions of light, but it also has its disadvantages. Twilight offers a light that is not very directional. Meaning there are no strong shadows to give the scene depth and texture. This is where an external flash fired off-camera might come in handy. A low powered flash-fill can add a touch of dramatic lighting and texture to the photograph and equalize the levels of brightness in the scene. 

If anyone has a question, comment or interest regarding this type of lighting please E-mail me at jbphotography2@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading!

Technical details: Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm lens (@13mm), two-stop reverse graduated neutral density filter, 430 EX II off-camera flash fill at -1.7 compensation, ISO 100, F/8, 30 Seconds.

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