T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
28 November 2015
Bridges Are Important In Bhutan!
Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, Bhutan. Canon EOS 5DSR with 11-24mm lens, 30 seconds and 1/320 second @ f5.6 and f8, ISO 100 NiSi 180mm Filter System with NiSi IR ND1000 10 Stop filter.
David Oliver and I have returned from Bhutan with some great stories and even better photographs. In fact, David was just saying to me yesterday that he thinks he's taken some of his best work in many years and that the whole trip was incredibly inspiring. Certainly I'd be pretty happy too having seen some of his photographs - even if he continues to believe that black and white is the only way to go! :>)
On our first day in Bhutan, the photo above was pretty challenging because the bridge was in deep shade, but the background sky was incredibly light looking into the setting sun. If you click through,you can see the three exposures that were used to put the image together and why, at the end of the article.
Inititally I didn't think the photo was going to work because the bridge tower was so close to the bright sky, but careful exposure has created something that is better than I expected.
However, what I wanted to discuss was the colour balance - the cool foreground with the warm background. In recent photography competitions, I've commented on some entries where the foreground is completely different in colour to the background. For instance, a seascape reflecting a strong orange sky, except the sea is completely blue.
In this photograph, my camera is angled towards the river so that there is no reflection from the background mountainside, yet I felt the photo looked a little unrealistic. How does that work? My solution was to introduce a little warmth on either side of the flowing river, as though the water were reflecting the mountainside, just to tie the foreground and background together. I guess the point to take away is that with post-production so prevalent today, even when something is 'real', we may need to make it 'more real' by doing what we expect to see, even if it wasn't really there.
And thanks to NiSi Filters I was able to use my Canon 11-24mm lens and its bulbous front element with a 10-stop ND filter. You can read a fuller review about NiSi Filters in the AIPP Journal which is currently available for reading here: https://issuu.com/workingpro/docs/aj247/44.