It was as if the sun had baked the life away from the old relic. Even the ghosts had fallen silent under Sol’s merciless eye, the air too thin even for the dead to breathe…
Most photography experts will tell you that you should avoid (or even shun) shooting at times when the sun is high overhead. The harsh hard lighting creates unflattering shadows and highlights that wash out details. At least, they say, you should carry a reflector to negate the nastiest effects of this kind of overly contrasting light.
Normally, I’m right on the same page. After all, The Twilit Lens wouldn’t be very dark if the sun was always shining; would it? But there’s another perspective that can be overlooked: that of artistic identity and expression.
Some photo artists can make use of harsh light as part of their personal signature. If executed in a certain way, the “contrasty” look can bring a kind of gritty drama to a shot. This is especially true with inanimate objects. With a little bit of creative post-processing, I was able to portray this old truck as I imagined it: bleak, barren, bereft of energy; and yet haunted by lives long past.
Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/100