the sleeping city

Recently I read that photographers — serious photographers, that is — avoid sunny days for fear of making their images look too much like postcards. It’s true that images I take with lovely blue skies tend to look less interesting than one with dramatic clouds. I think what makes the difference, though, is the light. On a blue sky day, the light is cold and clear, and the shadows are harsh. On a stormy day — like the morning I took this photo — the light has a yellow-pink cast to it that warms the whole scene. And on a rainy day, the colours are intense and everything shines and glitters. The challenge, of course, is to get outside and find these dramatic scenes when it’s so much nicer indoors.

Taken on November 11, 2009


2 thoughts on “the sleeping city

  1. i must agree about the overcast days, they are my favourite to shoot on as the light is also even. there is nothing like a natural scrim to keep the harsh shadows away, especially when i am shooting portraits, however, the harsh shadows, particularly when one is shooting buildings or larger structures have a graphic dimension that i also like.
    i love the shot by the way, the style of the homes remind me of Reikjavic for some reason…

  2. Hi Yasser – thanks for your comment. I agree about the helpful dimension of shadows when it comes to architecture and geometry. You mention Reikjavic… how wonderful… I’ve never been there, although Iceland is near the top of my list of places I would love to visit — I’ve seen so many beautiful photos on the internet that I feel that the landscape is already familiar to me.

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