Looking for a subject that I could photograph throughout the day, I settled on this silly frog. Normally, it sits on a rock, but I decided that putting it about eye level in the Palm tree would help with consistency when shooting (which it turned out not to really work this way). Also, the Palm tree itself offers nice texture.
This next photo was taken at 8:35AM – the frog is still West facing…which means the morning sun is blocked from it, but there are no shadows.
To catch the light from the early morning sun, I moved it around to the East facing side of the tree:
As you can see, the shadows are already getting darker.
Of course after that, I couldn’t remember where I had put the frog on the West side and thus this next picture is not from the same spot. It was taken at 12:45 in the afternoon in the bright sunlight… thus I couldn’t really see my camera screen very well. As it turned out they were all blurry. I guess that is one reason it would be good to tether the camera to the MacBook!
I’m not done with this exercise yet…. I need to get more times of day, better focus and better consistency in the shots. It would help to remember where this guy sits in the tree – and try for the same focal point. So, what I have learned so far?
1) I seem not to be dedicated enough to this project to get out at sunrise… I must try harder!
2) Sunset is a great time to take photos with a warm feeling. The frog seems very happy, doesn’t he? But I must watch my own shadow.
3) The morning sun shining directly on the object brings out nice colors that seem rather true.. I think the red fish really pops out in this one.
4) 8:35 West facing frog has less contrast. Then again, that could be me not focusing well enough! (I seem to be having trouble with this lately.)
5) I like the detail of the tree in the 1:45 shot — and although completely out of focus, the colors do pop on the frog. I know this light is not supposed to be our friend, but I think it can have a purpose.