As I’ve said before, I think it goes without saying that the best outdoor light is in the early morning or evening, just as the sun touches the horizon. You’re gonna have very little time to work with, but if you want the best light, you have to plan in advance. You’ll get better pictures if you do the advanced planning and act while you can. I almost missed a golden opportunity of getting these pictures because this bush only has fresh blooms about 2 days out of the whole year. I may be wrong, but — well, why gamble?
The first picture is fine if you want a picture of the whole thing, but it has shadows in it that I didn’t want. I was after the bush, not the ground.
So I tried again, and by clipping and working with the above picture with the computer, this is the end result – this is what I was after. I tried to get a bee in the picture as well, but those bees that I interviewed were all quite camera shy and declined my offer. Oh well.
My point in all of this is you have to make up your mind what you want before you go after it. Life is full of compromises (reluctant bees) and I’m sure that if I had spent most of the day, it would have been very probable that I would get a volunteer to have his or her picture taken, but I had other things to do, so this is the end result – this is my compromise. (Besides – the light would have changed while I was waiting).
It is no accident to have good memory pictures, so with a little planning on our part, a lot is possible. I bring this up because in this case – (my opinion), this one picture needs at least one more photo to go with it. In the first picture wouldn’t it make a great picture if you had a youngster standing beside the bush, bending over and really investigating what they were seeing? Even better, that youngster is bending over the bush, and standing sideways but looking at the camera with a big smile. Remember, you don’t really want a full frontal pose; it’s much more relaxed if the people subject is sideways and the head turned towards the camera.
Plan your subject, time for best light but the light must be indirect (time of day), decision of flash or no, and at least consider the date imbedded, yes or no. Taking good memory photos is a lot imagination with many many photos to have the choice to pick the best and trash the rest. No loss when you’re using a digital camera.
While we’re at it, I keep saying you just don’t need one of those cameras the professional use, that one with the lens that seems to be 2 feet long. Those small “point and shoot” cameras make excellent pictures for special memories. True, it will have limitations for quality, but do the best you can with what you have. The decision to upgrade belongs to you and your wallet.
Just saying ——-