Sunday, June 9, 2013

Photography - Lighting Effects

Lighting can create atmosphere, or highlight certain embellishments. The way an object in a photo is seen in relation to the light can affect the perception of the viewer.  The same subject undergoes a transformation with a change in the amount, direction or intensity of the light.


The Strand
in Key West, once a distinctive movie theatre. . .




The Strand, Key West, by DG Hudson

In this photo, we see an example of the retro theatres of the mid-twentieth century. In the daylight, architectural features dominate. In the evening, the signs and marquee highlight the night. Conversions can preserve interesting old buildings. The Strand was kept in good condition and revived for other uses. A conversion is preferable to destruction of landmark buildings.

In 1993, this building was used in the film Matinee, a comedy with John Goodman. At the time, it was no longer a movie theatre, but it LOOKED the part.

http://duvalstreet.net/walgreens-formerly-known-as-the-strand.html

http://www.scenicusa.net/090311.html


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Tropic Cinema
also in Key West, Florida


The Tropic Cinema, Key West, Florida, by DG Hudson



This movie theatre is still showing movies, with a schedule of showtimes. For nostalgia buffs, or movie lovers, you can experience the intimate nature of a smaller theatre. In this photograph, the building's image pops out from the surrounding darkness as night settles.

http://www.tropiccinema.com/main.html


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The Hollow Tree
in Stanley Park, Vancouver







Bright sunlight causes stark shadows within this giant tree in Stanley Park, Vancouver. The Hollow Tree rates as one of the most popular photo spots since the horse and carriage days. It was damaged in a December 2006 windstorm and declared a safety hazard. In 2008, the tree was targeted for removal. Private donations saved The Hollow Tree and covered the cost of the tree realignment and stabilizing. The size of this tree and other 'Old Growth' stumps illustrate the primeval forests of the past.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Park - Stanley Park site, general highlights.
For the Hollow Tree, see last part of the information.

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The Eiffel Tower

as dusk turns into night,
the statuary reflects the golden glow. . .



Pont D'Iena, and Closeup Eiffel Tower, Paris, by DG Hudson


Looking upward from the bridge span of the stately Pont D'Iena, I see the color start as a glow on the girders of the Eiffel Tower.  This vision welcomed us after just returning from an early evening cruise of the Seine River. The rain had stopped, and we were waiting for the tour bus to take us back to the Marais. A light show always brightens the mood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower

 

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Chandelier at Versailles

This would most likely have held real candles and would have required a servant to maintain it. In one of the galleries at Versailles, this chandelier lights a small radius in a background of shadows. This photo was taken on a low-light setting as no flash was allowed.



Versailles Chandelier, by DG Hudson


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Have you seen the effect of light in Rembrandt's painting? Do you consider light when taking photographs?  Do you use light and it's effects in your writing? Please share in the comments. Let me know if you use light to get special effects. Thanks for dropping by.

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16 comments:

  1. We lost power for 6 days after that Dec. 2006 'Hannukah Eve Windstorm'. I had just been to Vancouver the summer before and took pics of the tree. I didn't know it was damaged in that storm. Glad it was saved!

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    1. Me, too, JoJo. Stanley Park lost a few trees to that storm. Killed my fig tree, too.

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  2. I just had a friend, who is a pretty good photographer, walk me through examples of how light affects a portrait. I'd never considered half the stuff he showed me, like the importance of catchlights in a person's eyes. But once he pointed out the flaws of bad lighting I was convinced. :)

    Love those night shots.

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  3. Portraits are more difficult than they seem, if you want to show the subject at their best. Light can flatter or detract.
    Glad you liked the night shots.

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  4. Those are some beautiful photographs. The night ones are especially striking.

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    1. Glad you liked them, Sherry. Key West is a great place to walk about.

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  5. Loved these pictures! The theatres reminded me of the Chalet Theatre in Enumclaw (a small town in Washington state where I grew up) and how that theatre was renovated over time. It was a beautiful place, even before renovations. There are still movies shown there too.

    I've been through walk through trees and I think the lighting you used is really cool, same with the Eiffel Tower. That shot reminds me of what it felt like to see it late at night on a trip to Paris that I took as a teen.

    I haven't done much photography in the last ten years, and I've been beginning to take photos again.

    Lighting is an important part of writing and photography. As one of my writing teachers used to write all over my work, "What's the quality of light here?" The quality of light seen the character's eyes can show us the place and the character's mood or growth.

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    1. Smart writing teacher! Glad you agree about the importance of lighting in writing too. Have fun learning about photography again. Photos capture those special moments or special people. If I can cause someone to remember from my images, it pleases me. Thanks, Tyrean.

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  6. I wish I was a talented photographer, I just don't have the eye for it! I love looking at photography though and the first 2 shots are particually fab in my eyes!

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    1. You can develop a 'camera eye'. Just keep practicing. You might like this guest post I wrote about photos:

      http://thealliterativeallomorph.blogspot.ca/2012/10/author-guest-post-photo-impact-using.html

      Glad you liked the theatre shots, Hayley. Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. I do try to use light in photos, or at least work with it. I won't say I have the skill down, though.

    My favorite movie theater in Oregon was an old converted play theatre. It was gorgeous. The Elsinore. It's now been converted back for live performances.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. I love to hear things like that, Shannon.

      Traveling in France made me realize we, in North America, need to protect more of our heritage places and buildings. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. Old movie theatres are fun. I'm sad that the nostalgic theatre we used to go to as kids was turned into an IHOP. Oh, well. At least they serve good pancakes.

    I also really like the Eiffel Tower picture.

    Be well, and have a great day/week, DG.
    xoRobyn

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    1. IHOP crepes are not bad, my daughters liked going there. Some are better than others, and at least the place re-used the venue of the theatre. Thanks for the visit, Robyn. Watch out for those bounty hunters. . .

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  9. I like old theaters and neon. Your pictures are crisp with nice color. I don't take that many photos which probably accounts for my lousy picture taking skills. Maybe it's my camera as well. When I play with light, the photos are usually too dark or blurry. I need to figure out those camera settings.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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    1. I have a new digital SLR that I don't fully understand, yet, Lee. I usually follow the old advice of bracketing - take two of three on different light settings. One of them will usually work. I don't have Photoshop, but I do have photo editing on my pc.

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