INTERPLAY OF LIGHT & SHADOW
As a makeup artist, I was trained to study how facial planes catch and deflect light. I’ve always seen the art of putting makeup as a conscious attention to the interplay of light and shadow on one’s face. Where do I put shimmery and light-colored products to make parts of the face protrude? Where do I apply and blend matte and dark-colored pigments to make certain areas recede? When applying makeup, I always imagine that there’s a light source above and in front of my client’s face.
Tonight, I learned a new craft that also requires meticulous light analysis: Photography! After years of shying away from it, I finally took photography lessons. (Another task off of my to-do list before I migrate!)
Since light is hardest to capture at night, my friend Rhona and I sought help from pro-nighstcape photographer Edwin Martinez of Chasing Light, Philippines.
Edwin is a professional landscape photographer and a Canon brand ambassador who travels a lot to take pictures. During a recent trip to France, he sold a photo of the Eiffel Tower for $5,000! Here are some of his works (Low-res photos but I hope you’ll get the picture! Ha!):
PATIENCE IS STILL A VIRTUE
I thought photography was as simple as changing a few camera settings and clicking away. I never expected it to be rather tedious and time-consuming especially in this day and age where everything has gone fast and digital!
In nightscape photography, I’ve learned that I had to analyze the camera’s histogram more carefully in order to adjust the shutter speed accordingly. Finding a steady and leveled spot to position my camera was already a challenge. To click it and avoid any unnecessary movement was even harder! As if that wasn’t enough to test my OCD, my timing had to be perfect in order to catch longer night trails. It was a discipline I never thought nightscape photographers or photographers in general still had to acquire.
Edwin shared with us that there had been instances when he waited for hours for the city lights to look the way he wanted them to at night. Whenever he wanted to earn back the cost of his travel ticket, he would sell his pictures of the hotel/restaurant/building he had so beautifully photographed to the owner of the establishment.
I used a Canon S95 and 30D to take a few nightscape shots. I did not bring a tripod which I later on found out was a must in nightscape photogaphy as any amount of shake would result to a blurry picture. I still have a lot to learn. My sunbursts are not yet perfect and some tones are not yet as clear as I’d want them to appear.
“EASTWOOD BY NIGHT” by DC
[Speed of Light]
I’m obviously a looooong way from selling any photos (although maybe I can convince my parents to buy one print LOL) but I’m glad I took this step closer to being a…wait for it… Pro! Hahahahaha yeah rrrright!
Chasing, bending, and capturing light,