Today’s Pictures: 20 Dec 20

Winter sun shines through the split between trunks on a steep track in the Forest of Dean.

Share this post widely on social media and it will let those who are stuck indoors, due to Covid 19, enjoy it. It’ll also reach more people and, hopefully, show them the wonderful place our world is. With luck, between us, we’ll restore some love and respect for nature and slow down the damage to our environment. Thank you.

Mediterranean surf washes the black sands on Santorini. Taken September 2013
Bright sunlight highlights the moss growing on a stone wall by a track through the forest.

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    1. Thanks, Joni. I’ve always been a fan of ‘contre jour’ photography. In fact, taking photographs against the light was the topic of one of my earliest photographic features, published in one of the British photographic magazines. Oh dear, now I feel old – that was in my late teens, early twenties!

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      1. Dear Stuart,

        When you use the contre-jour photographic technique to produce the backlighting effect on the subject(s), do you have a preferred (range of) lighting ratio, namely, the contrast or comparison of key light to the fill light?

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        1. A good question, SoundEagle. I was trained in photography when serving as a photographer with the RAF, and learned there the technical aspects of exposure among other vital topics. That was in the days of film (in fact, many of the technical shots taken for the RAF were on sheet film!) Since then, of course, digital photography has developed and matured, with many auto functions in DSLR cameras and a whole batch of image editing software available.
          So, these days, I rely on a combination of experience and those digital enhancements when I frame a picture. Sometimes the brilliance of the light source overwhelms the shadow, but I generally bracket my exposures so I have enough leeway with at least one shot to produce the scene I envisaged when pressing the shutter. I have no specific range and almost never use any fill lighting when outdoors. Indoors, of course, the choice of such artificial lighting is available, so I use that in accordance with my many years of experience – that’s around 60 years now!
          I hope that answers your question.

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