Exercise 4.2

So I wrote this post last year and didn’t get round to posting it until now.

After reading the brief on Assignment 4 I have tried to approach each exercise as if it were an assignment.

My Ideas were that Exercise 4.2 would be chiefly ‘the use of light in landscapes’, exercise 4.3 would be ‘night photography of the urban city’ and exercise 4.4 would be the ‘natural form seen creatively in studio lighting’. To me it seemed logical to just expand on the ideas I had for each exercise.

For exercise 4.2 we are asked to switch to manual mode and to take a sequence of shots of any subject at different times of the day. The images need to be from early morning to dusk. The important thing is to observe the light, not just photograph it. I ended up shooting in three locations to cover all day

Things to notice when considering light

  •  The colour of the light source , the sun is white light.
  •  The density and length of the shadows
  •  The angle of light
  • Corresponding time of day
  • Uniqueness of the moment of lighting (related to time of day)




Light at Dawn (5-6am)

For the locations I picked the light was flat and this made the sand appear darker and more orange in colour. There were no shadows cast that the camera could see but this I know was due to the location which I picked because the sun was rising behind me see picture below. The sky was blue and as the sun rose the light changed the colour of the sand

Light at mid-morning (9-10am)

The sun was neutral enough to let the light on the sand change to a brighter, lighter colour  away from the orange to yellow. Slight shadows were cast of the bushes this was due to the angle of the sun and the sky was bright blue.

Light at Midday (1-2pm)

The midday light was intense and bright. The sand became white -yellow in colour and the shadows were minimal. The sky was grey as the sun was perpendicular to the landscape and directly above.

Light at late afternoon (4-5pm)

This light had a darkening effect on the colour of the sand. Shadows were being cast and the sky was changing towards blue as the sun was getting lower in the sky towards sunset.

Light at sunset and twilight (6-7pm)

At the locations I picked this was the best light aesthetically speaking. The sand was darker ( less like concrete dust) and shadows were long and could be made part of the subject. The light was golden moving to blue as the sun descended below the horizon.


At 5-6 am the sunrise  was behind me. The sand dust in the air spreads the light and the clouds also act as a filter the light is scattered to show red, orange , yellow and blue. on the wrong side of the road.





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