Get to the shot. Week Four. Lac Sinclair

January 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Get to the shot. Week three. Lac Sinclair

The photos I have in my first post on “painting with light” are not really that good. Well, to be honest, the ones I’ll be posting this week is not exactly amazing either, but there is a significant improvement. I have however gotten “amazing” comments for them on Trover.

This time my painting subject was mostly around Lac Sinclair. Not even 200m from where I live. With the recent snow (it took long enough to get here) the landscape also look much better. A bit more like a winter wonderland.

The first shot I tried was just a tree. But with the snow on the branches and a slightly different approach, I was hoping for a cool shot. The different approach I had in mind … use a much larger aperture, approx. f/5 instead of f/11. This way I would not have to paint so much and hopefully the town lights in the background will light up the sky. DSCF0682DSCF0682Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix

The second shot of the snow covered picnic area worked much better. DSCF0680DSCF0680Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix

Then I tried to work with the footpath along the fence and the tall pine tree. Thanks to the jogger, I have another ghost in my shot. Maybe not so bad this time. DSCF0685DSCF0685Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix

Next I moved over to the ruins next to the lake. This time I tried to light the scene from one area in order to get more directional shadow. With a wide open aperture (f/2), and the town lights in the background, it seem to work rather well. DSCF0700DSCF0700Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix DSCF0702DSCF0702Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix

A week or so later, I went back to try and improve my shots with better competition and lighting the scene from a small area to get the long shadows. There was still snow on the ground, but none in the trees anymore. So the winter wonderland look melted away. DSCF0787DSCF0787Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix DSCF0781DSCF0781Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix DSCF0783DSCF0783Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix

My favourite shots then? They came from my first try when there was still snow on the trees. I like the second one of the ruin, but the one below is my favourite. The scenery just looks much better, and there is more light and colours. DSCF0704DSCF0704Painting with light on a full moon night around Lac Sinclair, Chamonix

Good thing Lac Sinclair is so close to home. With the next snow I will definitely go back to try and improve on these shots. Do you have a different favourite? Let me know which one and why.

 

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