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Photograph with an Artist Eyes :: Harsh Light

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Madeline's Cafe

Jells Park

Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150

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Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, Should Photographers?

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Well the myth is that serious photographers shouldn’t! The harshness (strong shadows) intensity of the light and featureless blue sky, usually resulting in a very flat (often greyish and that washed out look) if not blown out image or large murky pools of darkness where facial features should have been. Artist like shadows they give form and structure. The impressionist found shadows also hold colour and often the most vivid colours on a bright day are in the part shade. Glare can be reduced with a polarizing filter (sun glasses for your camera) and shadows can in filled in for close subject with make shift reflectors or fill flash. A bit of revision on dynamic range retaining colour & detail in shadows and avoiding blown out highlights, all with that rich blue Australian summer sky.

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Jells Park

Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150

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