Capturing Light

Winter Farm, Willl CountyThis image has become a popular piece in my exhibit and it epitomizes a bit of what drives a photographer in their craft.  Capturing an image like this isn’t always about planning, sometimes its about responding to the light.Yes, one can plan to take a picture of something and given care, can expect to produce a decent image, but sometimes being a photographer is being aware and responsive to how nature is busy preparing an opportunity for you.

This image was captured in February of 2013 shortly after a blast of arctic air hit our area, bringing a light blanket of snow and a sky filled with wispy cloud structures.  I was returning home from a family visit at 4:00 in the afternoon.  The light from the late afternoon sky was producing a wide range of hues and contrasts with the snow and the rough plowed field.  My wife was concerned, as always, with my somewhat distracted driving as I watched the light show around me.

It was then that I came upon the classic barn scene here and I realized that I was seeing perhaps the best lighting conditions that I had ever seen at this farm.  (This particular property is located only a short distance from my home, so I continually shoot this location whenever I see a interesting weather or light situation).  My wife knows my half-crazed “I must shoot now!” look, so she firmly told me that I must take her home first and then come back.   Needless to say, I expedited her delivery home with due haste and returned minutes later to the task at hand.

The weather that day was a brisk 10°F (-12.22° C), with enough of a wind chill to make it closer to a 0°F feel on the skin.  The shot was taken using my D800 lens with my Nikkor 28-70mm at 2.8D lens at a focal length of 30mm and I was leveraging a CPL filter to pull the cloud texture .  The image was shot at 1/40th of a second at f/22.

This image is available in print (8×12 or 16 x 24) or canvas format (2′ x 3′).

This entry was posted in Featured, Light.