I had the opportunity to get out with the camera for the first time in what feels like an age this morning. One of those famous Manchester cloudless days , so the airport beckoned.
Some of the conversation this morning revolved around the quality of the light. Just looking through some shots here and it struck me that I took a photo of a Delta 767 arriving soon after I got there, and also departing just as I left, and a couple of the frames are almost exactly at the same point. The thing I noticed most was how very different the two images are - all due to the angle of the sun. Exactly the same camera settings, and I purposely edited them exactly the same. But for me the quality is different in many respects - the white of the aircraft; the 'hue' of the light overall; the colour of the foreground grass and more. Worth bearing in mind that it is still early March, so the sun is relatively low even in the middle of the day.
|Arriving at 8-30am|
|Departing at 10-45am|
People here often discuss issues around quality, settings, editing techniques etc, but for me this was a very good exemplar that actually nature plays a massive part in the final result. Seasoned photographers of course know this all too well, but it really is a lesson worth learning when you are very new to photography. There's only so much you can do to make a photo (and an edit) look good. In the end it is all about the light!
All the best.