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View Poll Results: What light is most common in your photography?

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  • Make mine up front (front lit)

    3 3.53%
  • I like it backwards (back lit)

    7 8.24%
  • Who said sideways? (side lit)

    17 20.00%
  • Any light is alright so long as it isn't midnight.

    58 68.24%
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    I like side lighting, particularly in the early morning, just about sunrise, or just at sunset. It casts a warm glow on the surroundings. Many times I will use an 81A or 81B to enhance that feeling of warmth.
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    When I used to do a lot of outdoor portraits, I tried to always do them at magic hour. (1/2 hour before sunset)

    The light is incredible and the difference between a highlight and shadow was usually 3:1 or 5:1.

    If that wasn't possible I tried to manipulate the light with scrims for subtractive lighting techniques, or use reflectors.

    For scenics I always shoot early morning or late in the day.

    Michael
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    I don't discriminate against photons of any wavelength, angularity, quantity, or in their crispness or diffusion of character, or in the state of the atmosphere they are passing through. Anytime is a good time to photograph.

    Murray

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    almost never in direct sunlight.. either dawn (favorite time), dusk, or foggy/overcast days

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    Both ambient and manipulated.

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    I'm grateful for whatever I'm given.
    Regards Dave.

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    Seasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miller
    I'm grateful for whatever I'm given.
    In our country you have to Dave, it must be the only country in the world that has four seasons, in one day.

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    I can't really vote on this either. I've shot at 2 AM under normal streetlights, at noon with very bright sun, in the morning with the sun behind me and in front of me and in the evening with the sun behind me and in front of me. I could say all or none of the above.

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    I love the early morning light from just before dawn to a couple of hours after sunrise; or the evening light a couple of hours before dusk to the after glow right after sunset. My camera is normally stored at home or in the trunk of my car between 10AM and 3PM. I also like the early morning fog that we have here in the winters in the swamps in Eastern North Carolina...
    Often wrong, but never in doubt!

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    As with most things, the answer is: it depends.

    If I want to photograph a building that's on the south side of the street, I have to either move within the shadow created by the building, or wait for an overcast day. It doesn't make much sense to photograph a building with the sun shining into your lens.

    I love to photograph trees, but only the birch (and others with near-white bark) trees look good in direct sunlight. Darker trees don't seem, to me, to photograph well in direct sun, so I will wait for a cloudy, or even rainy, day.

    In general, I would say that I prefer either front light, or non-directional light, depending on the subject and the subject's orientation with regard to the sun.
    "What drives man to create is the compulsion to, just once in his life, comprehend and record the pure, unadorned, unvarnished truth. Not some of it; all of it."

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