Light and Shadow

Light and Shadow

My all time favorite landscape book is by Art Wolfe and is titled “Light on the Land”. In my opinion the best study on light and shadow in landscape photography ever done. Art is a friend and one of my mentors, so when I go out to shoot a landscape, I try to emulate some of his works. It is not copying someone’s work, it is taking what they do and applying it to your situation. Art has mastered, as well as others out there, the use of light and shadow to take the viewer through a frame. In this instance I used the early morning light peeking over the mountain striking a tree in the foreground but still against the shadow of the far ridge. The sun was also striking Sharptop Mountain behind it. The gave the classic rule of thirds composition as well with the tree in the foreground third, the shadow in the middle third and lastly Sharptop Mountain in the upper third. Striking landscapes don’t always have to be in an exotic location, they can be in your own backyard with the proper use of light and shadow.

Tamron 16-300mm Di-II VC PZD lens on a Canon 70D, Aperture Priority, f8, – 3 stops of exposure compensation for contrast, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, Vanguard Abeo Pro tripod and BBH-200 head, processed in Lightroom 5.

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