Archive for Exercise 18

How space changes with light

Posted in Project work with tags on August 11, 2010 by Judy Bach

Looking at the effect light has on space

I completed this exercise on holiday, when I had the luxury of being able to return to the same spot more than once, another advantage was the longer summer nights. The Gwelva, in Marazion, (see exercise 17)   is great for just gazing across Mounts Bay at any time of the day but by evening the light is softer, more subdued, with golden tones if you are lucky. My first 3 images are actually terrible, boring ,and not well composed, but I was trying to demonstrate, and see for myself, the difference  light can make to how  space is perceived. The 3rd image is saved somewhat from being too awful simply because of the tones.The top landing of the Gwelva is itself rather ugly, just a concrete seating area, the light later in the day beautifies the space, making it seem different than during the day. The whole essence of this space is the view from it, not the beauty of the seats, the light later in the day changes the whole ambiance of the image.

F4           1/1000           ISO 100            @28mm    Daylight WB

F4           1/800             ISO 200           @ 28mm   Shade WB  

F6.3         1/640            ISO 200                 @28mm        Shade WB

Looking at the affect light has on  colour. 

More images taken from the Top Gwelva landing looking down towards the bottom landing area. I wanted to capture and compare how light alters a space, and how the tones  create this. I took my images at midday and then later in the evening when softer, quieter, tones were created by the low sun and evening light (I was lucky with the weather) . By day this can be a very busy area but by the evening it’s use as a boat landing area has finished for another day and often quieter pursuits take place, I wanted to utilize the light to enhance this calmer mood and contribute to the final image. Light alters the colour spectrum throughout the day, often not perceived as much by the human eye, which is adept at adjusting quite quickly. The WB setting alters how the camera records tones and what setting to use is also important to consider if colour is integral to  how a scene is intended to be represented. (One big advantage of shooting Raw is if a mistake is made at the time of shooting at least the WB can be adjusted if needed) I like to use colour aesthetically, and find colour theory fascination, I hope to expand on this in assignment 3.

More people in the shot below would help show the business of the area , but the colour of the sea, and the  stoned landing are interesting to  compare to the  image taken later in the day

F6.3         1/320           ISO 100       @ 70mm         Daylight WB

Evening light/ The light has a soft golden glow, creating warm tones, that I feel add to the calmer, more contemplative, mood of the image below. 

F8          1/400              ISO 200              @ 47mm             Shade WB

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