Images of a Big Island

Wild Light

I was reading an article by Ken Duncan the other day and he was extolling the virtues of “wildlight” or “chíaroscuro”as it was termed by Renaissance landscape painters. “Wildlight” refers to the conditions where sunlight is broken up by passing cloud and is often associated with the back end of stormy weather. Great to find but it can be difficult light to work with!

Waiting for the light to fall just where you want it can be an exercise in patience and frustration interspersed with mild panic as a rain shower descends upon you! If you have the time to wait you can be rewarded with some great images.

Wild Light

This image was taken at Lake Mackintosh near Tullah in Western Tasmania, an area of rugged mountains covered in thick temperate rainforest and is subject to wild & highly changeable weather conditions. This really was an exercise in patience as I waited for the sun to illuminate the foreground & the cliff face simultaneously and get stormy cloud in the background! After attempting to tone down the bright foreground in the colour version with little success, monochrome was the answer!

Canon 5D II, 24 TS-E lens,1/60@f11, Iso 100

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2 responses

  1. Very sexy shot Tim. I remember driving past this lake thinking maybe I’ll shoot it. Wish I had now.

    March 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

  2. Cheers Jamie, I was hanging around for about 2 hours hoping the rain would stop and the cloud would break up. I actually wish I had looked a bit further for a more interesting foreground!

    March 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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