Bright Sunlight

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You may have read that shooting in the noonday sun, without the use of diffusers, is for mad dogs and other crazies. Nature is seldom so compliant and most animals will disappear at the appearance of a shadow and many flowers are not diffuser accessible. The photograph above was taken in harsh light. The light shining through the bird’s bill is just like light hitting flowers making them almost transparent. Avoiding hot spots, glare and other distracting lighting issues can be problems but sometimes they can improve the picture. The rule about avoiding harsh light is like all rules in photography it’s more a suggestion and a guideline than a law. Photography is about working with light and learning how to do so in adverse conditions is part of the learning curve. In this case I wanted to place myself so that the available light caught the bird’s bill. It turned out well, not requiring much fuss in post-processing.

12 responses

  1. Beautiful! It’s such a wonderful feeling to see them fly. Gorgeous birds!


    March 9, 2015 at 4:22 am

  2. I’m always afraid of midday lighting, opting instead for soft golden light. I definitely need more full-light practice, the tips and tricks I’ve picked up about it need some work. Fantastic photo, brings out the beauty of full light!


    March 9, 2015 at 5:43 am

  3. beautiful!


    March 9, 2015 at 7:12 am

  4. What a stellar example of how to get beautiful lighting in the midday sun!!


    March 9, 2015 at 7:26 am

  5. Great shot, and example of mid-day shooting. Sometimes you just gotta go with it. I know I want and need to learn more about how I should use light in my photography. Great post!!


    March 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    • Thanks. Light is everything and the hardest thing to learn. Making great things happen with bad light is the hardest thing.

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      March 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm

  6. Inspiring!


    March 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm

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