On a Gray Foggy Day

Yes! The best time to shoot! Really! No kidding! lol

I’m a big fan of bright, overcast days–especially for people photography. No high-noon dark eye sockets. Just set the color temperature and go. Photogenic and willing friends make great subjects, as you can see in this family gallery and the pic below.

Five family members pose on a beach, their boat in the background on a overcast, humid day.
Even Light on a Gray Foggy Day

If the web were a place where bandwidth was freely unlimited, I’d put up very large picture files for you to view on a desktop photo editor that shows beautiful, well lit eyes! This is especially important in close-ups of the face. But as is you can see the even the light (click to view a larger image or view the full gallery). Bright, scattered light does a really neat trick with photographic subjects: it’s called even-illumination, eyes and all 🙂

The next time you look outside and it’s a decent overcast day, get out and make some great pictures – you’re going to love the results 😀

Wayne

Autumn Backlight and HDR Photomerge

A beautiful forest of colourful, autumn foliage on a body of water with a backdrop of hills and sky presented a tricky lighting situation. The problem was the sky and the position of the sun.

This photograph displays a colourful stand of autumn forest on the ocean, boldly accented by backlighting.
A colourful stand of autumn forest on the ocean is accented by strong backlighting (click the image to view in a lightbox and for more detail).

Backlighting through autumn leaves is one of my favourite subjects. Continue reading

Photo Focus Merge

On a recent trip I made two images of the same subject; one with the foreground in focus and the other with the background in focus. I settled on the image with the foreground in focus for future use in a gallery, article or print, as it conveyed a stronger message of the subject at hand.

A few weeks later while reviewing my images again, I thought to myself ‘What if I could overlay the two images and combine them to give me one in-focus image?’ The use of a tripod on the original shoot would have let me capture at a slower shutter speed and stop down to an aperture as small as f32, if necessary. However, I didn’t have it with me so, as they say, no use in crying over spilt milk! The image below focused on the background, with the rear of the boat not in critical focus.

Note: Click through any of the images for a larger light box view to see more information about the image and technique.

A photograph of an old boat and village in the background, with the camera lens focused on the background. This image is used here to show a technique in Photoshop known as Focus Merge.
In this image I focused on the background. Because the boat dominated the frame, this did not work for me.

I decided to try my luck with Google and search for ‘combine images, focus near, focus far.’ The search result Continue reading