Monday, May 28, 2012

Light Conditions

Back - Light

As with backgrounds, light direction are one of the elements we often ignore when creating wildlife images. We might not always be able to change our perspective in order to capitalise on the light direction we desire, but in these situations we have to use the available light direction to our advantage. In this series I will concentrate on the different light conditions we are challenged with when producing wildlife images.

Back light has the potential to be the most difficult light to work with but could also be the most creative light. In this situation the subject is between the photographer and the sun.

(Antidorcas marsupialis)

The Springbok provided the ideal opportunity for utilising the available back light and capture the ‘rim light’ around the subject.

By positioning the subject correctly the you will be able to get a silver or golden ‘rim light’ around the subject.

Black wildebeest
(Connochaetes gnou)

Producing a silhouette was the only option. With the golden light illuminating the tail, hocks, and chin lifting the darkness to complement the silhouette.

Back light is also the light used for the creation of silhouettes. The best time to produce silhouette images is in the early mornings and light afternoons.

Red Hartbeest
(Alcelaphus buselaphus)

Early morning with slightly overcast conditions provided the ideal light conditions to capture the Red Hartbees against the beautiful background.

Helmeted Guineafowl
(Numida meleagris)

Light conditions were just perfect to eternalise the Helmeted Guineafowl’s call in the early morning sun.

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
(Tockus leucomelas)

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