Photographing In Bad Light - Doc Miles Photography

February 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

First, let's ask the question: What is "Bad Light?" Bad light for a photographer can mean many things: not enough, too much, flat light and so on. Most agree that shooting in the middle of a bright sunny day without any light modifiers is not a good idea. Everything looks harsh with defined shadows and blown out highlights. That's why most outdoor photographers shoot before and just after Sunrise and Sunset. 

There is, without a doubt, little argument that on a boat, on a cloudless day, at 1:00 PM, with a slight haze at sea level is time to leave the camera in the bag and pull out a fishing pole. I have a friend who runs a tour boat on San Francisco Bay who has been asking me to come out and shoot on the boat. I wanted to get some shots that would help promote his boat and try out a Manfrotto Magic Arm and DSLR video from the rail of the boat; more about that in a minute.

Having been on the bay before and suffered hypothermia, I was dressed like I was going on "The Deadliest Catch" which got a lot of laughs from the crew and tourists. No matter. I didn't want all blurry shots from shaking uncontrollably. 

So here are a couple of shots worthy of showing anyone. Both are when we went under the Golden Gate Bridge. The first I shot when the sun was just behind the tower and the second was shot when we turned around. Not great shots, but not horrible either. At least the perspective is interesting.

The city was bathed in haze, so those shots were not very good. Anyway, the boat ride was a blast and everyone had a great time. The magic arm worked perfectly. I am editing the video and will post it when it is complete.

Shot with a Nikon D800 - Nikkor 24-70mm lens 2.8ƒ -at 1/160 sec at ƒ22 ISO 400


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