Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Assignments: May 2013
Check out some of these top shots from the recent Sidelight Assignment
WHEN I MADE THE SIDELIGHT ASSIGNMENT, it was in reaction to a number of submissions I had received where the light was front on and the photos looked quite flat. Using sidelight adds depth and dimension to an image. Textures and relief that are completely hidden by frontal lighting are revealed, and generally, the photos are much more lively and interesting. This goes for just about any subject, from grand landscapes to wildlife and macro. On these pages are some of the best submissions from that Assignment. You can see all of the submissions at outdoorphotographer.com/gallery/assignments.
—Christopher Robinson, Editor
Location: Death Valley National Park, California
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm ƒ/4L, Gitzo carbon-fiber tripod, Really Right Stuff ballhead
While walking through the Mesquite Dunes area before sunset in March 2012, I was trying to scout the location for potential photos, while being careful not to leave footprints across any scene I might want to capture. I slowly worked my way into the center of the dune field, moving in a northerly direction. The shadow pattern in the foreground originally captured my attention, and I knew this would lend to great leading lines into the frame. I lowered my tripod closer to the ground to emphasize the pattern and framed the background around the mountains to the north. As the sun slid toward the western horizon, the contrast built in the shadows across the sand. Once the evening light rendered that perfect texture across the dune, I clicked the shutter.
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Equipment: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-35mm ƒ/3.5-4.5D ED-IF, polarizer
On November 5, 2011, I arrived at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon just as a thick layer of fog began to lift out of the canyon. With the first glimpse of light, I could see some lingering clouds showing filtered and directed light. This meant that if there were any significant amounts of snow, those areas would catch the light more so than others. The light continued to increase, with the freshly snow-covered foreground and the bold, but delicately weathered tree before me. There's a price to be paid for preparation and perseverance. I quickly remind myself that anytime you're dealing with nature herself, it sure is worth it.
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