Even Field Finds are Foto Fantastic
Morning light makes the landscape lively and lush, both for the homeowner and the photographer shooting it. In photography, the softness of light brings life to the smallest of detail, shown above in the fine silk webbing glistening like crumpled cellophane. Or below with the grass heads with a satiny sheen. We are in a natural landscape, not one designed, but the principles are the same. All the images are shot on Cliff Island off the coast of Maine.
Hi to all Garden Walk Garden Talk readers. And to those that follow Green Apples, I have the accompanying post Garden Photos in Limited Light over on GWGT. Hop on over to see the difference in equipment use and time of day shooting. My aim was to see if I could get soft macro images in limited light.
Color is softly muted and fine textures faintly meld in the glow of early morning. The sunlight filters through the grasses, sparkling each as if touched by fairy dust or craft glitter.
The sun is low on the horizon in early morning, often with some humidity in the air that disperses the light rays. The subject is bathed in soft light that is gold in color.
As the morning moves forward, the air gets cleaner and the skies brighten, but the sun’s rays still warm the whites.
Legumes like purple clover shine when the butterflies with translucent wings stop to feed. The prickly plant is a form of native bottlebrush sedge. I labeled it Porcupine Sedge above because that is the closest I got to matching the growing pattern.
Some plants become the focus because the background becomes important.
Or the foreground sparkles being kissed by the sun.
Intentional soft focus does a lot for lowly plants.
Playing with depth of field is fun, and so is adding soft focus or graduated filters, like in my beetle image below.
I actually took my camera bag on this trip which I rarely do, even at home. Some things I did not use, like a shutter release or flash because I could not bring my tripod without checking it in on the plane. Also, I had my camera’s ‘raincoat’, but we did not have one rainy day.
My camera bag is small, so it counted as a personal item, but it weighed as much as the carryon bag. It was packed and the many pockets were filled with camera supplies and things like my papers, umbrella, phone, iPad, wallet, and stuff one might have in a purse. I wish the airlines would allow three bags.
Now back to my photos. The colors in the image above just whisper a soft tune but are speckled with a hint of light. This image is about texture.
Details pop and edges are sharp if the lighting is just right. This image is about form.
Even prickly becomes interesting in this late afternoon shot.
And a beetle enhances. He was still from the cooler morning air. This was shot with a graduated filter on the 300mm.
The white brightens against the greens and gold. This image was taken with the 17-35mm. It almost has an ephemeral feel, where the subject floats.
Pinks and golds. Again the 17-35mm.
We end where we started our day, (above with the boats in the morning light), with a pretty sunset at the end of the day in the image below. Hope you enjoyed the images. Even weeds can be pretty.
I do have a post coming up on predicting a good sunset. Everybody with a camera can take good photos of sunsets because they are quite easy with the camera set to Automatic, but predicting when you will see one is a different story. In Maine along the coast I was waiting each night for the perfect sunset. I do know when and how to expect them. Above is the closest cloud formation I came to getting one. In my upcoming post, I will tell you what to expect when the sun goes down. I am no expert, but through observation I think I have the tip.