We all go through that phase in our photographic career where we just cannot get enough of gear. The moment we buy an expensive camera, we think that now we ought to buy a super expensive lens, only then would we be able to get those pictures, which we see and admire. Believe me, i went through this phase for quite sometime, and the only positive thing i gathered from my personal experience is that photography is majorly only about light. It was the most essential thing during the times of a pin-hole camera to today’s modern digital slr’s. Its how we use light to enhance our imagery and use it to our advantage is what we need to learn.
In the image above, i knew exactly what i wanted to do, that is why i waited for the cloud to cover up the sun, so that the sun rays would wrap around it and create this lining around it, which creates a dynamic separation from the background.
In this next photograph i deliberately waited for the small kitten to come into a small slit of light which made its face illuminated and thus rendering the background dark, eventually increasing the tonal range of the photograph.
Early morning and late evening lights are always great for landscapes. No matter what lens and what camera is used, good light is the quintessential element that is required for any photograph.
These layers of the Himalayan Mountains would not have been so clearly visible, if this picture would have been shot at high noon. The low angle of light creates a separation between the different ranges thus helping in creating this photograph. This image could well have been captured by any phone or a point and shoot, if and only if the timing of the shot would have been in the “magic hour”.
One thing that i have learnt over the years, is to be more observant to light. We do not always have to have our camera or mobile phones right in our face, ready to snap a picture. Even when we don’t have these image capture devices at our disposal we should observe how light creates its own magic. Once i got to understand how light works, i was able to use it to my advantage. In the above image i deliberately under-exposed so as to get that streak of light. The same concept was used to make this photograph of the person checking the genuineness of the currency note, in the little slit of light.
All these images were captured with an entry level dslr and most of them with a standard kit lens. Its really not about the gear but about the perspective and willingness to observe light and use it, wait for it to change for the good. Being a natural light photographer, i really have to make do with whatever light is available, and the most interesting thing is i find natural light to be the best possible light source. I would end this post mb showing a picture i took with my mobile phone.
Getting down low and waiting for a headlight beam to illuminate the rain drops is all i had to do. The rest of it was taken care by the light. I would like to end this post on the note that, “its not about the gear, but about how we use it, how we use it to chase light and capture light”.
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Till next time cheers 🙂