Yes, Photography is All About Light

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Photography is all about light.

Yeah, I know that all photographers say this but sometimes it’s great to just take a step back and look at what light can do to a scene.

During our recent Big Cats & Tuskers photo safari we spent quite a bit of time waiting for a leopard to come down from a tree.  I had a camera set up on a bean bag and took two frames about 20 minutes apart.  Note that the images below are both the original RAW files with no processing done to them whatsoever.

In the first frame the sun was covered by a thick layer of clouds leaving the scene flat and lacking in saturation.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife & Nature Photography

Twenty minutes later the sun came out changing the look and feel of the scene completely.

Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife & Nature Photography

Massive difference and just goes to show what good light can do for your photography.

Yes, photography is all about light.  So, and I am just asking for now, if photography is about light why are so many people caught up on how well cameras can shoot under low-light conditions?  Perhaps a topic for another time.

Oh, and yes.  There was a leopard in the tree.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Morkel Erasmus

    Nice examples Gerry.
    I think the discussion about “low light conditions” (at least from my perspective) is more about how your gear performs in the nice soft pre-dawn and post-dusk light (twilight) than for example flat overcast light. I often prefer the soft light of twilight even to glorious golden basking light. Looking forward to that discussion when you post it.

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      Gerry

      Agreed Morkel, gear is important during those wonderful times but sometimes it seems that the low-light abilities of a camera blinds people and takes the focus away from actually looking for and shooting in good light. Gonna be an interesting discussion. 😉

  2. Mac McMillen

    “So, and I am just asking for now, if photography is about light why are so many people caught up on how well cameras can shoot under low-light conditions?”

    Great question, Gerry. Part of my decision making process for upgrading to a full-frame camera has been based on a full-frame’s low-light performance. Guess I’d like a camera that has as few constraints as possible, in the rare chance that a great photo opportunity presents itself in less than ideal lighting conditions.

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