Just in from Africa, had an incredible trip! 35,000 images, just so easy to hit the shutter on the Z9 and let it rip! We traveled to many different parks, and one of my favorite areas is the Okavango Delta. This area has plentiful water, and huge concentrations of wildlife. And it seems about every sunset is incredible…beautiful warm light and a striking red sun.
One evening on our game drive we found zebras fighting and stirring up the dust. Any type of atmospherics…dust, fog, smoke…all these will enhance the color of the lighting in the scene. With the sun quickly setting, we sped to get in position so we could put the zebras directly in front of the setting sun and dusty air. The quality of light was over the top…warm hues flooded the scene. In this case, backlighting was a perfect choice for this shot. At one point the zebras all looked up and I knew I had my shot.
I often hear from folks on how they are trying to get an original shot, something different than everybody else. This often equates to looking for a different angle or perspective. But one of the first things that enters my mind is how lighting can produce an original image. Backlighting can produce that unique image you are looking for…as much as a new angle or perspective. Photography hinges on light, it can make or break an image, and produce original unique images.