Hot Shot #01

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Dra­matic side-light­ing

For this shot, side-light­ing is es­sen­tial to pro­vide depth – over­head light­ing would make the bowl shape look

flat and form­less

Sub­dued high­lights

Shad­ows cast by clouds can be used to sub­due high­lights in the dis­tance, so that they don’t lead the eye away from the fo­cal point

Sense of sym­me­try

A sim­ple, sym­met­ri­cal com­po­si­tion helps to ac­cen­tu­ate the bowl shape cre­ated by the sur­round­ing land­scape

Hid­den build­ings

Shad­ows cast by the clouds have been used to hide the dis­tract­ing high­lights cre­ated by farm build­ings with bright walls and roofs re­flect­ing sun­light

Sun­lit bowl

The key to this shot is the bowl cre­ated by the ‘out­stretched arms’ of the hills on ei­ther side, so it’s es­sen­tial that this is nicely lit, and pin-sharp

Crop­ping on a shadow

It’s also best to crop on a shadow or mid­tone; a high­light at the edge of the frame can be dis­tract­ing, and will lead the eye out of the frame, rather than into it

Solid foun­da­tion

A brightly lit fore­ground can be a bit dis­tract­ing, so it’s best to give land­scapes a solid foun­da­tion that’s made up of mid-tones or shad­ows

EX­PO­SURE 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO110 LENS Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

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