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The Photo Corner: On Assignment –

A Trilogy Of Extremes In Light

By George Steinman                                                        rebuilt in Miami. It’s a beautiful site with the original stone   	 First I saw the extremely bright sun about to set and much
                                                                          work and magnificent gardens. While walking down one of           of the sun was shielded by the storm clouds. I tried one of
	 I thought it would be                                                   the many hallways, I saw a rather interesting simple window       the light blueish/grayish areas as a neutral color base for
interesting to illustrate some of                                         scene with extreme lighting. The sun light was coming             the light setting. There was nothing very interesting to the
the issues involved with taking                                           through the window with the shadow of the window grill            right of where the eye of the storm was. So I did my best in
photographs with extreme                                                  work on the ground. So my initial thoughts were to make sure      placing the eye of the storm in the photograph. You see the
light conditions. Usually, we                                             the window area was clear and the reflection of the grill work    overall scene here. This was a real unexpected fun shot.
try not to focus on the light                                             on the ground was sharp. It took several light readings near      The Boca Sky
source, typically the sun, as                                             the window and away from the light. And yes, I took a lot         	 So early one night I started walking down Travelers tree
surrounding areas would look                                              of pictures of this scene as getting the correct/perfect setting  Drive just to get a little fresh air. I happened to look up and saw
washed out and the photograph                                             was quite difficult. You see the final version here with the      an amazing scene. You see it here as a lot of clouds, streaks of
would appear underexposed.                                                grill work prominent along with the flora in the background       white, part of the setting sun, and a lot of darkness. Honestly,
So I’ve selected three photographs from the past to discuss: - one        and the reflection of the ground looking pretty good. I have      I had absolutely no clue as to how to take a photograph of this
with a reflection of light through a window with grille-work,             to go back one day and visit this wonderful monastery.            scene. I tried getting readings at the very few really light blue
one with the sun setting on the horizon, and one sky condition            The Storm                                                         areas and had limited success. The preview photographs were
near sunset. I’ve discussed these three photographic scenes with          	 I underwent surgery several years ago and, as part of my        not particularly good, most of which were very under-exposed.
extremes in light where patience and some prior planning and              recuperation, we decided that we would spend a little time        So I set my camera on the aperture priority mode and camera
thought really worked to get three really good photographs.               on Marco Island on the west coast of Florida. It’s a very         adjusted the remainder of the settings. I took a lot of shots while
The Old Spanish Monastery                                                 pretty place, very quiet, and has some very pretty beaches.       aiming at different areas to hopefully get something good. Yes
	 This monastery was actually transported from Spain and                  I remember late one day near sunset I decided to take a           it’s a brute force method and sometimes it actually works. And
                                                                          walk on the beach. I saw some storm clouds brewing and            as we all know there are no guarantees in photography that
                                                                          I was hoping for some interesting cloud formations. I did         every scene is very easy to recreate. This was a prime example.
                                                                          have some concern about possible rain coming. But I was           One part of the scene I was happy to recreate was the cont re-
                                                                          wearing a light weight waterproof jacket so I could protect       jour effect with the light just breaking through the edges of the
                                                                          my DSLR if the rain were to start. The storm clouds came          clouds. I really liked this photograph.
                                                                          much faster than I had anticipated. Watching the cloud            	 That’s it for this month. Always remember to have your
                                                                          formations with the amazing color combinations feeling            camera with you all the time as you may see something that
                                                                          the wind, and watching a bit of sun breaking through the          you have never seen before and might never see again. Also
                                                                          clouds, and, of course the storm center, reminded me of           don’t forget the Peter Lik philosophy “It’s not what you see. It’s
                                                                          the scene in the 1977 movie classic ‘Close Encounters of          how you see it.” Follow the light and photograph everything
                                                                          the Third Kind’ where Richard Dreyfuss is watching the            that light makes beautiful. May the light be with you and, most
                                                                          alien mother ship approaching the area. Taking the actual         important, always make photography fun.
                                                                          photograph of this scene was done very quickly and I made
                                                                          some fast, and as it turned out, some good decisions for the      	 George Steinman is a resident of The Palms and can be
                                                                          camera settings.                                                  contacted at sgphotollc@gmail.com. 

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