Saturday, February 13, 2010

Shoot on the Shoulders

Photography without light is like swiming without water; it's tough to do, and when it comes right down to it, what's the point?  I mean, really.

While there are different kinds of water, there's only one kind of wet; the different types of light, however, will do incredibly different things to your photographs.  So, the question is, in natural light situations, when do you shoot?  Generally speaking, you're going to want to shoot earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.  Why?  There are many reasons, and they all can be found in any number of articles on the internet.  Look, here's one now:

I call this morning/afternoon thing "Shooting on the Shoulders", but you can call it whatever you want to.  Now, let's go to the photographs.

Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain  -  AlisonDuBois

Sunset on the Fleet, Placida, Florida  -  NaturesCall

 Into the Ocean  -  FlashForward

Long Pier  -  madsuncaribou

cafe du monde  -  mailelani

Is this a dream...  -  TheLittleRooster

Red Barn  -  JBWPhoto

Old Mill  -  StephsShoes

Garden Bench with Snow  -  CreationsAnew

After the Rain  -  penguinpalace

Then again, sometimes rules are made to be broken...

One for the Road  -  rrobertsphoto


  1. interesting and thought-provoking....I tend to prefer overcast days and morning light for outdoor shooting.

  2. Awesome selection Steve! I think all of them are beautiful; the restaurant one is so interesting...
    thanks for featuring one of mine here. I think I have to start doing something similar in my blog.
    Have an awesome Saturday!!

  3. Great topic and nice examples! I'm happy to be the rule breaker. Many thanks for including my photo. I photographed that old truck under every lighting condition known over the course of several years.

  4. Nice collection of illustrative photos, thank you for including "Chimney Rock". I got so excited about the lighting that evening I could hardly contain myself :)

  5. This is an excellent collection of photographs! Thank you so much for including my "Into the Ocean" here!

  6. Amazing photos. Great examples and group.

  7. I'm honored to be in the company of such amazing photos. Thank you so much!

  8. Thanks so much for including my photo! I'm also honored to be picked and put in with these other great artists. I love all your comments on the forum and thanks again!

  9. A fine selection of images, each with a magic touch of light. Thanks for including my Old Mill shot.

  10. love the old pier on the beach... very interesting collection of items you have pulled together here. Great artists.