I went out to do a bit of landscape photography yesterday evening, I got in the car the light was fantastic over the snow covered hills and I thought I would have no problem getting some thing. I had only been driving 2 minutes and the clouds rolled in, the light went flat and uninspiring. I arrived at where I was going to get some photos and sat in the car for about 15 minutes and decided the light wasn’t coming back today and went home. Pretty frustrating but it happens now and then, fortunately the more you get out and take the photos the less it happens as you get better at reading the weather and just seem to get ‘luckier.’ However on this occasion I was a little off and didn’t manage to get anything.
Luckily I was going through some old photos whilst reorganising my catalogue and this one popped out at me. It was from a few years back from a location I like just outside Huddersfield (Lepton). I actually had a panoramic version but I decided to process this single shot from the ‘maybe’ pile. I gave it a bit of a vintage tone in photoshop and lowered the contrast, as much as you can with a silhouette and came up with this. Nothing overly tricky with silhouettes, you just need something with an interesting form and a half decent sunset. The image in Landscape Gallery, taken a few minutes earlier was with the light coming straight from the side (90 degrees to where this was taken) giving the trees more depth and resulted in a completely different photograph. Anyway the exif data on this one is ISO100, 1/100 sec, f/16 zoomed in to 70mm. The zoom was to give castle hill in the distance a bit of size, if I would have done this at 16 or 24 mm it would have been imperceptible. Again with silhouettes you don’t need to use grads as you are not aiming to balance the sky and the land, just meter for the sky and the subjects will go black. Thanks for looking everyone, hopefully my next trip out will be more successful!