Posts Tagged ‘window light’

Nikon D300 105mm ISO 400 f4 1/1250

Nikon D300 105mm ISO 400 f4 1/1250

The way to know if a photo should be in colour of black & white is simple. If the photo is about the colour, it should be in colour; if its not, get rid of the distraction that colour causes. This is a paraphrase of something I learned watching CreativeLive.

A couple of weeks ago my five year old son was playing in the sunbeam of the window, with the innocence that only young children have, and I captured the beautiful moment pictured above. When I took this photo I didn’t consider whether it should be in colour or black & white, however the minute I uploaded it to my computer I knew that while this photo was decent straight out of the can, it would be even better in black & white.

When this photograph is viewed in colour, you get distracted by the orange glow of his ear, the redness of his lips, and to a lesser extent the blue stitches above his right eye. However in black and white the photo is all about how the light plays on his face. To the trained eye of the photographer, the intercepting lines on his face lead your eye to his eye. To the untrained eye, the intercepting lines on his face let you know that he is playing near a window, without the need for it to be in the photograph.

Now I have made it sound like this the perfect photo, I know it is far from it. His face is almost smack dab in the centre of the frame, and it would be even better if I had framed his face lower and more to the left. It would be better if I had captured how he was holding onto the curtains, so you could see that he was playing with them.  I can tell you that the reason I didn’t frame it right was because I only got a chance to fire the shutter twice before he got bored and moved on to something else. I can tell you that the reason is because I have decided to see if using only my center focus point on my camera which has the cross-hair focus make a difference to my photos. I can tell you all of these things, but they don’t really matter. What matters is that I did capture a perfect moment in time, and know that the image has more impact in black & white than in colour.

What do you think?

Window Light 06

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It has been almost 2 years since my last post. I’m sorry for neglecting you for so long. However, rather than dwell on the negative, let’s focus on the positve. Optic Bard is back up and running. I will try my hardest to post with regularity. Part of the reason that I haven’t posted in so long is because a year ago, quite unexpectedly I became pregnant. The pregnancy was very difficult on me, and I never really felt well enough to pick up my camera, and even when I did the images I was capturing didn’t inspire me in anyway. But that is behind me, and I’m ready to start up again.


Nikon D300 105mm f4 1/320 ISO 400
Window light

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Nikon D300 24-70mm @ 70mm f2.8 1/160, ISO 800

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Tonight my husband was looking through the photos I have taken over the past couple of months, and he said I should post the above photo. I found this interesting because I took this photo simply because the light from the window was so beautiful and I was just surprised how little light was produced by the window. I had considered blogging about window light. However this was not the reason my husband said I should post this photo, his reason surprised me.

My husband wanted me to post the photo because he loves how only the one eye is in focus. I can’t remember where or when I learned that when you take a portrait you want the eyes to be in focus. When they eyes are in focus the viewer is tricked into thinking more of the photo is in focus than really is. My husband, also a hobbyist photographer didn’t know this, turns out that he would have chosen to focus on the nose (a big no-no by the way.) Sometimes in trying to improve your skills, you forget how much you already know.

So in the spirit of sharing, here is my first photo tip:

  • When taking photos of people, focus on the eyes.

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