Each image below, originated as a 35mm slide. I chose old film pictures because I used daylight balanced film and no filters for any of these images. That is akin taking to your DSLR’s white balance off auto, and leaving it on daylight for everything, regardless of the color of light. Most photographers think this will cause unrealistic colors in your images under all conditions that are not sunlit. It actually reproduces closer to the true colors that we “can” see. Consider it a brain correction. Our brain compensates for much of the color shading caused by clouds, and especially for shade. Your images will have a somewhat dull, cool cast on cloudy days, and photos made in shade will have a decidedly blue cast. The more blue sky reflecting into the shade….the bluer your image will be. I copied these slides with my digital camera on a daylight balanced light table, with my camera white balance settings on daylight. They match the slides perfectly.
The first two pictures below were made on an overcast day. They carry a bit of that flat, cool cast, but it is not very noticeable. It pays to add a little contrast to your picture while editing. The light is not effecting the clarity of the water here. If it’s clear, it looks clear. If it’s translucent, it looks translucent. As is often the case with many subjects, what you see is what you get with overcast light.
I apologize for using this second image again so quickly, since I shared it on this blog only a few weeks ago, but it is a perfect example of the blue light of shade. This is my favorite light for ice close-ups. It is true that our eyes/brains correct a scene like this.
Let’s finish “The Color of Ice” with an ice sheet in direct sunshine. This was made fairly early in the morning, so in addition to a brighter more eye popping image due to sunlight, it is biased to the warm side.
Now for today’s featured photographers. Bev Pettit Is an equine, landscape and western photographer who’s horse imagery, is frequently of a dusty, moody style. It has a great feel to it. She can obviously also handle action as you see below in her snowy image of one of her Haflinger Ponies playing. Her pictures are worth a visit to her website.
Jack Zievis is a Facebook acquaintance of mine and he is one of those wildlife photographers who seems to always click the shutter at that special moment.
This is a zoo shot and that is why I wanted to show it. Zoos are great places to learn wildlife photography, and great places to photograph animals like Leopards, up close and personal. Jack always announces the fact that his zoo pictures are indeed made in zoos.
Let’s travel back to Israel one more time with Yossi Eshbol as he presents us with a nice look at a flock of Spoonbills. I love viewing photography from locations that I never think of when my mind is on nature photography. Yossi has shown us a lot from Israel and I am grateful for that fact.
This Michael Frye landscape appears to emanate from Yosemite N. P. I love those shafts of light entering the valley. Places like Yosemite have been photographed so many times that I think I will never again see anything new. I am continually wrong. Notice that unlike many of the landscapes you see today, this image is not dripping in color.
Have a great day, Wayne