Egret (Three Photographs) and a Word on Light

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One of the many reasons it is useful for photographers to go to museums and see the paintings of the old masters is to learn about lighting. In fact you can tell a real master from an early work by a student or a lesser master by their use of light. As a photographer we are very aware of direction, strength and quality of light. So when a photographer sees a painting where the lighting does not follow the laws of physics the errors stand out. Determining that the lighting in a painting makes sense or “works” helps you think about light and how you want to use it or make it look. In this photo of the Egret taken in natural light, you can see the direction of the light and possibly the height of the sun in the sky from the shadows. Were I to correct the shadows so that the wood was all the same color, someone might note that I had falsified the light.

3 responses

  1. I think you’ve pointed out one of the faults with overly done HDR photos. I’ve seen too many buildings (usually barns) with no shadows on their side even though the sun is directly behind the building and too many sunsets where subjects in the foreground are shadow free.

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    April 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

  2. Very true and yes, the visit to museum is worthwhile.

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    April 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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