So, color and light. I have found that these two elements are inextricably linked in photography (and, indeed, in nature as last Wednesday's post illustrated). The presence of light, or lack thereof, in a photograph determines the colors, shades and hues available to the eye in any given piece. As the type of lighting varies, so too does the type of color that appears. But enough lecturing, let's jump in to some examples.
|Miss Beazer in the Garden, June 2008|
|Cardinal Flower, August 2008|
But enough with all this... nature, let's move on to portraiture. First, a small note about my style of photography within this genre. In her Monday post, Jen makes a distinction between posed and unposed portraiture. My style falls somewhere in between. On the one hand, during a typical photo shoot the model is very much aware that I'm taking her picture, and thus we can hardly call the result candid. However, when conducting a photo shoot, I tend to let the model wander and "pose" naturally and as she see fits. This creates a much more natural looking photograph. Why is this important to the topic at hand, you ask? Because it means that as a photographer, I'm rarely thinking about composition as I photograph (that just comes somewhat naturally), and this means that light and color just sort of happen. As Jen said in her post, the photographer is left to take advantage of awesome lighting when it comes up. This is perhaps why I tend to prefer natural lighting to staged.
|It's Magic on a Covered Bridge|
And now for some completely happenstance lighting awesomeness. I know, right? This photo was taken around May and is from the first photo shoot I ever did. Aside from being a favorite, I chose this picture because it so nicely complements Jen's green canopied photo in Monday's post. This was definitely a case where I recognized great lighting when I saw it, and directed Rachel (the model pictured) to stand in the pool of light. Despite the similar composition of this photo, it in some ways is a reversal of Jen's photo. This photograph features a dark constructed pathway that lead out into nature. And, rather than a dark figure popping out of the picture, a colorful one is highlighted amongst the darker tones. I love the variety of light in this photo as well. The light softly filters through the wooden cover in the foreground before flooding Rachel in brilliant light. The light completely covers her lower body, preventing us from seeing anything else, before enhancing the vibrancy of her red shirt.
But, alas, it is time to bid you adieu. Seriously, before I post about a dozen more photos to this blog. Perhaps Jen and I should do a black and white week next week to contrast this one. What say you, Jen?