The Best of 2009: Light

Good light is good light. You know it when you see it. The photo above is one that I made while on another assignment at the court house. I am a sucker for a good shadow photo. As a matter of fact I kind of over use it throughout the year. It’s something that I am going to work at in 2010. Anyway on with the show.

Sometimes good light is actually bad light. The photo above is a detail shot I made during a bluegrass jam session at a bar in Idaho Springs. It was on an extremely unevenly lit stage.

The photo above has run on the blog before. It’s just one of my favorites. It was made inside of a police garage through the hatch of a tank.

“Never shoot into the sun, except sometimes.” I might be paraphrasing but I’m pretty sure my photojournalism Professor Kenn Bisio said something along those lines. It was usually preceded by the question, “When can you break the rules?” Then answered with, “when you understand why you can.” I made that image at the twilight airshow. I can’t wait until next year.

How do you shoot diving? The answer I usually give people is, “you don’t.” That’s a joke. Swim meets are usually in humid, poorly lit pools rec centers. The ambient light is 3200ISO at 1/125 at f/2.8 or darker. Sports photographers know that is far slower than you would want to shoot to try and stop action. Flash is not an option, as a matter of fact its against the rules. When I saw the window next to the pool I immediately found an angle to work it into the frame. I must have made 100 photos of divers that day. That’s about 100 more than I usually make.

Expose for your highlights or expose for the shadows? Inside a mine everything is shadows. The lights are few and far between. Spot metering can be your friend.

And finally, this photo was made during the 10 year anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. After 10 years the community is finally moving on. They will never forget but it is time to look to the future instead of the past.

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