Left in the Dark

Low key is the set subject this month. This is achieved through the dominance of dark or shadow in an image, while clearly using contrast to define the image subject. This is another learning month where I am required to step outside my comfort zone. I kept asking myself how I would best achieve this. Should I have a studio setup where I can control light or should I try to do it in a natural light environment?

I decided to attempt some shots with controlled lighting – however, the results were not to the standard I was hoping for. I resorted to using natural light situations for three of the images submitted. I was hoping for possibly two merits but only received one. The shot I thought was best “Duck on Pond”, the judge said that the white on the neck of the duck was over exposed. Otherwise it was a strong image. This is good feedback and I will now add that to the many things I need to remember and watch out for.

The images I submitted were:

Duck on Pond (Acceptance)
Taken 06/04/2015 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 2.8
Exposure Time 1/1600 sec.
ISO 400
Focal Length: 70mm


Mass of Flowers (Acceptance)
Taken 26/09/2015 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 10
Exposure Time 1/100 sec.
ISO 400
Focal Length: 84mm


Moon Rise Over Redcliffe Jetty (Merit)
Taken 30/08/2015 in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 5
Exposure Time 8 sec.
ISO 100
Focal Length: 135mm


Ready to Play (Acceptance)
Taken 02/10/2015 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Camera: Nikon D750
F-Stop 2.8
Exposure Time 1/20 sec.
ISO 100
Focal Length: 54mm

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