Quick night-time drive

Only a quick trip out in my car, not ideal, but I am going out on foot hopefully tomorrow. I just wanted to take a drive and see what sort of things drew me. I like the idea of capturing bus stops, petrol stations and drive-thru’s or even shop fronts but late at night and deserted. The sense of what goes on while we sleep. In truth the drive-thru Mc Donald’s was packed and there were cars filling up in the petrol station, the only things deserted were the bus stops.

The penny has dropped

Finally I am grasping manual mode! I think I always understood it but I was struggling to master making multiple adjustments. I just had to go back to basics and remember to count how many adjustments I made so I could make equal adjustments.

I also had to look at my camera set up and make some changes on there so that fingers crossed I shouldn’t get such high ISO’s, this can now be adjusted ONLY if I have a need.

I have a few more experiments / practice ideas I want to complete and then I will need to decide on which one to develop into my assignment.

Things still to try:

  • Photos at night though house/ shop windows or  may-be 24 hour venues
  • Night-time streets (Linked to above)
  • Low key portraits and hard lighting
  • Flower close-ups or pebbles (Using light for texture)
  • Fire station (Various light sources)
  • Shadows


After a lot of experimenting and reading today I decided to revisit my scanner to show exactly how I am feeling!…

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I will not be beaten, I think mastering the adjustments to get the correct lighting result is proving to be my biggest challenge yet but I will stick at it with manual mode in the hope that the penny will drop.

Position of light

This is just my first experiments with positioning a lamp in relation to an object. I have acquired some second-hand lights which I will set up over the weekend to explore one light, two light and three light options. I started out on the light box however I moved to black card as I thought the contrast would help in showing the difference in lighting. In this instance I prefer the light being over head (4th Set) as it shows the petal details of the flower, the background has maintained its black hue without any glare from the light and the colour of the flower seems true to its original shade. The 5th image in the series where the flower is back-lit does however highlight the delicate nature of the flower as well as maintaining details in the petals.


In exploring light sources today I also decided to investigate the scanner as a light source , although technically I have used it as the tool to capture its own light source? So I am not sure if it counts as a light source but I was really excited by the images I got on the first few attempts. I am really looking forward to using this medium again. I also have an artists light box that I am going to investigate and I already have some ideas forming.



Exercise 4.3

Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term). The correct white balance setting will be important; this can get tricky –but interesting – if there are mixed light sources of different colour temperatures in the same shot. You can shoot indoors or outside but the light should be ambient rather than camera flash. Add the sequence to your learning log. In your notes try to describe the difference in the quality of light from the daylight shots in Exercise 4.2.

Firstly I wanted to explore the various types of lighting available around me in my home, most of which I probably take for granted. I started by taking images of the light sources in the late afternoon with a plan to retake them later at night.

I am a bit ‘techie’ so we have some unusual light sources, a lot of our lighting is controlled by Hue and is either colour changeable or ambient so this should produce some interesting tones. I also have lots of candles and lamps dotted around as well as glass block lights which I make myself.

Not forgetting lights such as neon’s, computers and fridges, torches etc. even my car has ambient lights, I think I have just figured out why my electric bill is higher than the norm!

The main thing I have noticed from the images below, and by grouping them, is the variation in colour tones to the different light sources. It appears it would be easier to control the mood or feel of an image through the lighting chosen and as it is artificial it would be more stable than natural lighting.

Natural lighting is softer and evokes a more fragile delicate feeling.

The hue lighting is definitely more ‘creative’ and contemporary and is only useful if I wanted to add a colour hue or create something more abstract.

Candle light is warm and evokes a similar warm, cosy, romantic feeling.

Incandescent lights can be warm , romantic as well as cold and neutral depending on the shade used or as in the desk lamp not used. Without a shade the direct light source is cool but functional whereas the shades change the feel and the reflections they provide as well as the tone.

Screen glow is cold and functional and the small LEDs don’t give a large enough glow but might be used to directly add to the context of an image.

Natural light through the windows

Hue colour and ambient lighting

Candle light

Incandescent light


Neon’s, screen glow and others