Today’s blog is titled “Golden Light equals Magic”
Blog 12 of “Nature Photography- Tips and Techniques” series.
Please do check out the previous blog in the series titled “Shooting a Koklass”
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II
Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6
Aperture: f/6.3 (First shot), f/8 (Second Shot)
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Sec (First Shot), 1/200 Sec (Second Shot)
ISO: 250 (First Shot), 1250 (Second Shot)
“Golden light equals magic” in this blog, I would like to talk about how morning and evening light can literally add magic to an Image.
Intuition has been the greatest weapon in my armory. Off late, it has been jumping on to me frequently and I use it literally every day. So when I was returning from an early birding session one day, on intuition turned, looked up and saw this view. Putting my telephoto on, I took a shot and was amazed at how, the phenomenon of “telephoto distortion“ made these houses look so dangerously close to Chaukhamba. I say dangerously because nothing can survive such close to the Himalayas.
The frame looked lovely and I was extremely happy, when suddenly a thought crossed my mind. How would the shot look in golden evening light?
I was extremely eager to share this view with the world and the thought of waiting till evening was an extremely excruciating one 😠. Still I decided to wait and prayed to god for a clear evening.
In the evening, when the sun was about to set, and the last light was illuminating the peak, I went to the same location again.
I was blown away by how golden the peak looked in this magical light. I waited till the last of the light was hitting the peak of Chaukhamba and took the above shot. It’s not that the first shot is not beautiful, it really is. But in the second shot the landscape looks so divine and entices a totally different emotional response from the user.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of light by this example alone, so I have a quote here that summarizes it.
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose
Keep looking for light, for where there is light there is magic, and with your camera you can etch that magic in the memories of your viewers forever.
Keep looking, Keep shooting, Keep growing!!!!
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