Coco and the Angle of Incidence

Coco in Thought

Coco in Thought

Regal Coco

Regal Coco

When photographing Coco, my sister’s dog, over Thanksgiving I played with the angle of incidence – the angle of the light coming into my lens.  If you compare the two images above you’ll notice that when I was above Coco the light was not entering my lens in a direct way, therefore the light was not hazy, and she was not as blown out.  When shooting from below Coco, the angle allowed for more flare or haze as the light came directly into the lens.  This is a perfect example of how photographers should move around, above, or below, their subjects in order to capture the subject in the most pleasing light.   The most pleasing light may be softer, more blown-out light with haze and/or flare, or it may be more direct light allowing for details of the subject to be more definitive.

An easy way to experiment with the angle of incidence is to place a subject such as a vase of flowers in front of a window or door and shoot at different angles.  Once you upload the files, compare the way the light hit your subject based on the angle of the light coming into your lens.

The light being used for the photographs of Coco was hard, direct, and warm light.  The character of the light being used will also influence the final lighting of your subject, but the angle of the light entering your lens is what will result in the differences you see above.

Have fun experimenting and if you would like to share your images with me you can tag me in your post, or send me the link to your post!

Strong, Powerful, Beautiful

“A horse is the projection of people’s dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” – Pam Brown

Strong, Powerful, Beautiful

Strong, Powerful, Beautiful

Mystical Morning

Mystical Morning

Mystical Morning

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Saturday morning I co-led a workshop through the Heritage Conservancy.   We met at a local Conservancy property for a sunrise shoot.  The morning was nothing shy of mystical and magical.  As the sun rose and the fog lifted, three spirited horses galloped through the pasture.

Jack

Jack

Jack belongs to my in-laws.  He’s sitting in the bay window wondering why on earth we are all there distracting him from his usually peaceful, afternoon nap in the sun.

An Afternoon Visitor

She watches cautiously,

She waits in hesitation,

Or is it curiosity that

Stills her beating heart

And keeps her frozen in time?

Until at last, the object of her attention quiets,

And retreats.  Only then,

Does she gracefully steal away.

copyright Robyn Graham
She Watches Cautiously

She Watches Cautiously

She Waits in Hesitation

She Waits in Hesitation

She Gracefully Steals Away

She Gracefully Steals Away

Old, Faded Photographs

“Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him, If you scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home, You’ll be able to face the world unashamed and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless. You’ll forget your troubles; they’ll be like old, faded photographs.” – Job 11:13-16 (MSG)

When I saw this Bible verse a week or so ago, I immediately thought about posting it.  The question was how to do so. I decided to post an old photograph, that I did not take, in addition to an image I did take.  It is probably obvious that the term – old, faded photographs in the verse caught my attention.  However, the remainder of the verse has even more meaning.  Words to take to heart.  If only I could muster the strength of Job.  He is a Biblical icon and a true inspiration of strength and faith.

An old faded photograph of my mother on her horse, Topaz. Needless to say I did not take this photograph. But, I found it quite appropriate to post with the verse above.

A photograph I recently took that, in black and white, looks old.

Daisy Lounging

Originally purchased for John and me, or my friends and me to lounge and visit with a glass of iced tea, or perhaps a cocktail, the chaise lounge chair has quickly become Daisy’s favorite spot to relax poolside.  She thinks she is queen of the pool and patio.

Daisy Lounging

Queen Daisy

Uh, Mom, I’m trying to relax here…

Oh that face!

OK…I won’t eat any more of Gracie’s purple goggles.  Just let me take a nap.