Day +220: Skies, Exposure

We’re at the end of November, which means Christmas is just around the corner (is that a good or bad thing?)! So this weekend has been Christmas shopping (and then more Christmas shopping). I think online shopping is the way forward because the shops are packed. And to make it worse, customer service in Australia is next to non-existent.

This week, there hasn’t been much time to pursue my passion (my current day job always seems to get in the way). On my way home one evening, the sky looked absolutely amazing! It had just rained, and the sky had this purple glow. And that brings me to the first subject of this post:



Photography is all about great light. Amazing light will make an average scene look much better; conversely, dull light can make something beautiful look mediocre. Look at the featured image, as well as the image below:


The rainbow adds an even more dramatic element to this image. The important thing to realise is that light changes constantly, especially at sunset / sunrise. By the time you reach into your bag and change lenses, the light may have changed (often in a negative way). I love dramatic skies, so I make a conscious effort not to overexpose the sky, so it doesn’t get blown out.



I came across a YouTube video by Jana Williams (she’s a photographer from SoCal- you can check out her work here), and I love the effect. In the video, Jana talks about deliberately overexposing subjects in front of a window (this can be a flower or a person) and I think the result is brilliant and adds a new dimension to the image. These are some lavender flowers from our garden:


Settings for this image were: ISO 320, 1/60th of a second, aperture 1.8. This overexposure adds a romantic look to the image which I love.

And I did the same with my ever-growing Disney Tsum Tsum collection:


Your eye is led to the subject because there is nothing to distract you in the background.



Some pot stickers from New Shanghai in Chatswood:


A spider from our garden (using my 100mm Macro lens, lit by the Rotolight Neo):


A statue from our garden (it has that scary “Weeping Angel”-like appearance from the Doctor Who series), lit by my Rotolight Neo:


And finally, some nice booked (using my Canon 35/1.4L lens adapted to my Sony A7Rii):


Have fun, and see you next time!