There Was Amazing Light (for 10 Minutes)

I’ll start by apologising for last week when I didn’t post an image. It was a demanding week which ended in a computer problem where I’m locked out completely. It’s a long story that I won’t bore you with but it’s going to be at least another week before I can recover the system.

In the interim, I thought I would share this shot that I took in the Scottish Highlands back in April 2019.

Scottish Highlands, Fuji XT3 with 16-55 lens at 18mm

I shot it with the Fuji XT3 and Fuji 16-55 Lens at 18mm. It’s a tripod mounted exposure of 1/10” at f/13.0 and ISO160.

The entire day had been very dull, but then towards sunset, we had incredible light, but the light only lasted around 10 minutes. It was also extremely difficult shooting with the sun immediately behind you because you would cast a long shadow into the frame.

To get over this problem, I set the timer on the camera rather than trying to shoot with a cable release. I could then duck out of the way so that only the tripod and camera cast a shadow. It was then much easier to remove the shadow later from a smaller area of the scene.

The other thing that I wanted to share was this week’s video on YouTube. In it I explain the secret of how to shoot with a wide-angle lens. Lots of photographers have wide-angle lenses and lots make this same mistake when using them. They often think they need to use an even wider lens but that compounds the problem.

If you’re struggling to achieve a dramatic wide-angle perspective, this video might help.

I hope you like the photo and video and have a great weekend.

3 thoughts on “There Was Amazing Light (for 10 Minutes)

  1. Thanks for the video. The widest focal length I have is 24 mm. I’d somehow figured out about focusing on foreground and sometimes rocks help when using the tripod. This technique of hand holding unfortunately is not very conducive to long exposure.

    1. Perhaps I didn’t come across clearly in the video. It wasn’t about handholding the camera, it was about getting lower to the ground which you can also do with your tripod. The problem with most tripods is that they are too high for this even when collapsed. To get down to being 12 inches from the floor you need to spread the legs on the tripod and possibly remove the centre column. When you do that it creates the feeling of being a wider lens.

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