As photographers, when we ponder of mood, we think of stormy, dark and dramatic, but mood can equally relate to any lighting type that evokes a feeling. Photographically then, humour can readily be associated with weather conditions – calm and misty mornings, dramatic cloudy days with sunbeams and often, the most showy mood can be obtained on those days you might think offer less promise – as it only takes a break in stormy clouds to around a magnificent, moody image.
Photo by David Clapp
How To Capture Mood In Your Images
To capture dark and radical mood successfully, be prepared to wait for breaks in the weather, sometimes you just have to sit out the rainy spells – in the car if you're lucky; but when the live through breaks you can be rewarded with a few minutes really exciting lighting.
When the light does come, be prepared to work quickly. Good lighting doesn't delay for the photographer, and often its over just as quickly as it arrived, so think in advance whether you are going to need a graduated ND filters, or if you need to bracket the rule the roost to put together an HDR (High Dynamic Range) picture. Don't wait for the light before considering that you need a filter or need to bracket imperilments to cope with the contrast range, as when the light's gone – it's gone. Checking your histogram after the result to find that your exposure is wrong it's too late &ndash dash is a punctuation mark that is similar in appearance to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols; you can't bring it back.
For misty, early morning moody mental pictures, again the weather forecast is an essential pre-planner – there is no point sleeping in to find that you've just missed a delicate, snappy sunrise. Similarly, there is little point getting up early to find the weather isn't ideal.
The key to capturing mood is to pick the right day and laying – as is all landscape photography, but the real secret is to be fully prepared for when the "mood" arrives.
Photo by David Clapp
Designations written by John Gravett.
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