Morning Walk 08.22.2017.02
© 2017 ned walthall
So we all know the problem of dynamic range. The light meter in your camera can only arrive at one value in terms of how much light it thinks is needed to properly expose your photograph. But when the sky is really bright and the trees are in shadow, that does not cut it. The best it can do is take an “average,” as it were, and that leaves the sky a little overexposed and the trees a little underexposed–sometimes more than a little in both cases.
As a landscaper, I always priviledge the sky, because that is the part that is dynamic. The trees will certainly change over the seasons, from green to lots of other colors to no leaves at all, but day to day, it is the sky that changes. Lots of clouds, a few clouds, no clouds, red light, pink light, orange light. You get the idea.
But this makes certain outings a bust. You go out expecting partly cloudly and the sky is just a gray soft cottony mist. A lot of times when this happens, I kick myself for getting out of bed at 4:30 am. Damn, therer is nothing here.
But then it occurred to me this morning, why not give the trees their due? Overexpose the sky, massively, and bring out all that detail in the trees that you always hide because you are after that diva, the sky.
And so here they are ladies and gentlement, the unsung tree that provide all that structure and line in my pictures. For once they are the star of the show.