The quality of light can make or break a photo. This is one of the reasons I prefer natural light. I know that flash lighting can be used very effectively, but I generally find it to be harsh. It also feels a little bit like lying to me, but this is an idea for later, after I’ve done a bit more fleshing out of my photographic philosophy and can explain it more clearly.
For now, here are some pictures taken at sundown. Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe the light that evening. It was nearly impossible to take a bad picture, but I was still a bit nervous about how the pictures would come out. I was flying without a net: my light meter battery was dead and it was my first time shooting with Portra 160, so I had to rely on whatever skills I’ve gained over the past year or so since the re-igniting of my need to look at the world through a camera’s viewfinder.
I feel compelled here to note that nothing was done to these pictures other than a bit of straightening of the first shot, and some dust removal. I didn’t do anything to the colors – no saturation or fade correction or sharpening or RGB adjustments. The colors you see in the picture are the colors I saw when I was standing amidst those reeds.