Monday, July 4, 2011

Exercise 4.6 - Cloudy weather and rain

The exercise consists of three parts, that covered three different types of weather - cloudy, overcast and rain:

1. Cloudy weather: in every pair one shot has been taken when the sun was covered by a cloud and another shot when sun was shining.

35mm; f/14; 1/80 sec

35mm; f/7.1; 1/80

The difference between two pictures in obvious: the one in the shadow is not that bright and the sky on the background is grey. For this pair of shots I had to adjust the aperture from 14 to 7, as the shutter speed was 1/80 and I would not be able to shoot from hands, if I switched to slower shutter speed.

38mm; f/8.0; 1/125 sec

35mm; f/8.0; 1/80 sec

In this pair of shots, again, there is no shadow on the grass and the green color of trees is different on these two pictures. In this case I managed to keep the aperture the same, and the shutter speed was 1/125 and 1/80.  

42mm; f/8.0; 1/60 sec

46mm; f/10; 1/250 sec

In the third case I adjusted both aperture and shutter speed. The color temperature and saturation is definitely different on these two shots. Also, the road is a bit overexposed on the first picture. 

The shadow influences the tone, temperature and colors saturation. The shutter speed increases about 1/3 when shooting in shadow. In all three cases, I definitely like the pictures taken on the sun. 

2. Overcast day:

46mm; f/14.0; 1/160 sec

On this picture the lack of shadow does not disturb the subject. The only thing that could have been improved is the sky saturation. Maybe, if the shot was taken at different time during the day not at 12.00, the sky would look a bit more saturated.

200mm; f/6.3; 1/500 sec

On this picture the shadow on the donkey is a bit distracting. I think it would be better in shade, because the eyes and other features would be seen better.

38mm; f/22.0; 1/60 sec

The roof probably looks a bit flat here, and also too much light on the background make the hills flat and the sky a too light. 

Shooting in overcast day is not the easiest task, as it may seem in the beginning. Many objects look too flat, and shadows may be disturbing, when you need to highlight some details. 

3. Rainy weather:

23mm; f/4.5; 1/1600 sec; ISO 800

250mm; f/6.3; 1/640 sec; ISO 800

The rain gives very interesting options for shooting. I wouldn't take a shot of the church on the first picture, if there was no reflection on the road and dark clouds behind the church. The same with the second shot. The cat together with glistering pavement it looks quite nice. Both shots were taken at higher ISO 800. I should have used ISO 400 for the church, but for the moving cat I definitely needed higher speed.

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