For those of you following my blog, you’ll know that I’m taking some time this fall to push myself as an artist, and continue to enhance my skills in photography. You can read more about the course I’m taking here. This blog post captures my second week’s homework assignment.
This week’s assignment was practicing back lighting, and playing around with angles and shading to dramatically alter the haze and saturation of the photograph.
For the top photo, I removed my lens hood. The sun was still a bit on the high side (it was taken about an hour and 15 minutes before sunset) and I placed my kids so that the sun was behind them and slightly to their right (camera left).
For the bottom photo, I placed my son in dappled light. The sun was getting lower in the sky and was shining through the trees behind him generating some flare. While I did use a lens hood in this shot to reduce haze, I also think that the setting (which was more enclosed versus the open field above) helped soften the intensity of the sun thus generating a sharper image.