I had a vacation this fall again. I visit Lake O’Hara and Jasper every year to pursue leaves changes. Although I had bad weather last two years, the sun was smiling at me most of the time this year in Lake O’Hara. However, it means light condition was a little harsh for photography. So I had to use HDR a lot in Lake O’Hara.
In Jasper, the weather was not as beautiful as when I had been in Lake O’Hara. But lighting condition at the golden time is usually difficult. I did not want to use HDR for this shot. Instead of the HDR, I tried off-camera flash light to the boats. I added tinge of colour with gels. Rainy Evening in Japser, Alberta – 2 by Hiroaki Kobayashi
The photo bellow is Casey Ryder, my best friend and a fabulous musician in Victoria, BC.
So three elements of music are rhythm, melody, and harmony. However, when I was his guitar student and he told me that it would be “rhythm, rhythm, rhythm”. This means rhythm comes first and it is the most import element in music.
So now thinking about photography. What are elements of the photography? Composition…color… depth of field…shutter speed and motion…you name it. But in my opinion, LIGHT is always most important for photography. Everybody likes sunrise and sunset photos because of the beautiful red sky. Then turn the image to B&W, what can you see? Is the composition good enough? More importantly, am I capturing dramatic light? So many lighting techniques have been developed in 100 years of history of the photography to get ideal lighting. Yes, I believe LIGHT comes always first.
Casey Ryder in Nanton, AB
I bounced flash light to the wall. There was glass door of the cabinet on the wall. So sharp strong light flashed to Casey’s face from his right side.