Stunning lighting and mood in this picture of the woods in Poole

 Mysterious woods by Rick McEvoy Dorset Photographer
Mysterious woods by Rick McEvoy Dorset Photographer

Blimey. I said straight into it with some creative landscape photography work and here it is.

For this picture I got into the woods, carrying my camera on my tripod on my shoulder. Don’t let your tripod restrict where you take images from – I certainly don’t. For this shot my tripod was in the long grass.

To get to this point I just followed the light to this point, and plonked my tripod down where the light was interesting with the weak winter sun shining straight at me (but giving me no warmth at all). I stopped at the point where the sun and mist caused the maximum impact on the scene and stopped there.

This is exactly what I was looking for when I saw the weather conditions. The sunlight and the mist can be such a winning combination. Put them in the woods and this is what you can get!

This is why I take photographs. To capture moods and moments like this.

The exposure used to capture this image was 1/15th second having set the aperture to F22 (to get the starburst effect I was after). Well this was the exposure for the two stops under exposed image, the second image being the two stop over exposed image, which when you throw them together in Lightroom using the HDR Merge feature gives you a correctly exposed image with more highlights and more shadows.

Marvelous stuff.

Talking of Lightroom aside from the global adjustments in the Basic Panel the only other thing I did was my favourite old school image processing technique, dodging and burning. I keep on threatening to write about this in a separate post, but never seem to get round to it. I will one day I promise. But trust me it gives images a completely new dimension and feel.

Rick McEvoy Photography 

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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