In manual mode take a sequence of shots of a subject of your choosing at different times on a single day. It doesn’t matter if the day is overcast or clear but you need a good spread of times from early morning to dusk. You might decide to fix your viewpoint or you might prefer to ‘work into’ your subject, but the important thing is to observe the light, not just photograph it. Add the sequence to your learning log together with a timestamp from the time/date info in the metadata. In your own words, briefly describe the quality of light in each image.
I tried this exercise on a few days, but each day I chose was overcast and the light did not seem interesting to photograph – limited shadows and reflections. My final attempt was on 6 January 2017. All images were taken from my doorstep with a Canon 5D Mkiii and a Tamron 28-75mm lens.
Image 1 – 07:58. f/5.0, 1/100s, ISO 3200 28mm
In this image, it is still dusk. the light is minimal and the car in the car park’s headlights are bright. I didn’t adjust for colour balance.
Image 2 – 09:05 . f/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 400 28mm
An hour later, it’s daylight, but not very bright. It’s clear it’s going to be another overcast day with dark clouds.
Image 3 – 09:55. f/8.0, 1/320s, ISO 400 28mm
A little brighter now, but not much. A thinning of the dark clouds next to the flats shows a brighter piece of light coming through.
Image 4 – 11:17. f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 400 28mm
The clouds are thinner now, allowing more light. There’s a reflection of the light on the roof of my car in the bottom right of the frame.
Image 5 – 11:59. f/3.2, 1/1600s, ISO 400 28mm
Cloudier skies leading to less light again.
Image 6 – 12:52. f/8.0, 1/0s4, ISO 400 28mm
This shot is over-exposed, so shouldn’t really be included. You can see the mini leaving the car park has headlights on as it was still quite dull and dark despite being an hour after midday.
Image 7 – 14:04. f/8.0, 1/60s, ISO 400 28mm
Possibly the brightest it got all day. Still no shadows, but a few light reflections on the roof of my car and the silver car opposite.
Image 8 – 15:01. f/8.0, 1/60s, ISO 400 28mm
Dark clouds again as the light drops further.
Image 9 – 15:52. f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 1000 28mm
The sun is setting and it’s starting to get dark. I didn’t adjust for colour balance.
Image 10 – 16:54. f/2.8, 1/40s, ISO 6400 28mm
The sun has set. the only light coming from street lights, security lights and residential windows.