How often do you hear the phrase “I only shoot in the golden hour”, or alternately “I won’t shoot in the middle of the day”?
I’m constantly surprised by these remarks, because, if you think about it, it only leaves a few scant hours to shoot in the Winter, and it must knock at least 12 hours off your Summer schedule too.
Life goes on, and light goes on, even during the day – and at mid-day too.
I grant you that good light is great, and when it happens, and you are there – the images, you just know, are going to be amazing. The caveat is, that this great light, has to have something great on which to fall. No subject equates to no picture.
This week, (early in February) the weather in the UK has been pretty grim. The folks down South seem to have had the worst of it, but up here in the micro climate that is the East Coast of Lincolnshire – we didn’t get a lot of weather as such. What we did get was a blast of freezing fog, grey sky, sleet, and as I type a smattering of snow. ( And even as I finish that sentence – the snow stops and the sun comes out)……..
However, I digress – I had to go out – I had an appointment that I was not able to change, or postpone, I had to go. The roads were icy (I’m three miles from the nearest main gritted road), the fog was thick and patchy, and if I hadn’t had to get out, I’d have stayed in and watched the fog!
So, when I did get the car out, I thought I’d take the camera….. just in case. turns out it was a good thing I did.
Appointment finished about 10am, and the fog was still freezing – the car said -5 but I thought I’d head out to the coast.
First impressions were not thrilling, and the cold air took my breath away.
None the less, I enjoyed the lead lines fading away into the distance.
It was heading up to 11am by the time I arrived at my next location – which I swung into on impulse. It’s the Country park, which is usually chock full of dog walkers and joggers. The paths were OK, but the car park itself was lethal.
The hoar frost made everything look much more beautiful, and the low light gave everything an air of peace.
By changing the white balance on the camera from sunny to cloudy, it warmed the pictures up a little but still allowed for that feeling of cold.
Moving around the lake to the jetty I found that by shooting low – (this means sitting in the frosty grass by the way), I was able to get my favourite shot of the day.
A tweak or two in photoshop, add a vignette, and I’m done. It’s lunchtime. The light is directly overhead, it would be harsh but for the fog (now lifting) – it’s revealed the textures in the icy water and in the wooden stumps. There’s no cloud, so I’ve not shown much of the sky.
All in all, I’m glad of the appointment – I’m glad I shot in the worst part of the day – chose the wrong weather, got cold, and wet. It was worth it.
Get out in the ‘weather’, whatever it may be. You just don’t know what will be revealed.