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Recently, I have been quite interested in mid-day (harsh light) photography. When I walk in a forest during moments with harsh light, I often see scenes that look very nice. But I have found it very challenging to capture these scenes in photographs. Maybe because I have strong aversion towards specular highlights and image issues due to over and under-exposure. In this instance I am quite happy with what I got. Definitely having a top of the line camera as Nikon Z7II help in achieving this.
I think I could have improved the composition, regarding separation between some of the trees. But I am quite happy with the result, given that this was not intented to be sharable image. I only wanted to make some test shot so that I can return with a 6x17 film camera. So far, I haven’t returned, but I have grown to like this image as it is.
I think my interest in mid-day scenes came after watching Studio Ghibli animations. I always found them quite beautiful and often they represent mid of the day situations. I think these types of photos for me are inspired by them.
I would be happy about any feedback. Generally with these scenes with very big dynamic range, I find choosing the right contrast the hardest. There are so many options between more high key or more low key renditions. Generally I am not a fan of very dark shadows and when I am processing images like these I am worried of raising the shadows too much for the images to become either too washed out or too HDR-y.
Full frame camera, 50mm, f/8, ISO 64, exposure time 1/100 second. It was quite bright as it was a sunny day in July.
This is an image from a summer trip to Beli Iskar in the Rila mountains in Bulgaria. It was my first time there so I was just walking and finding compositions for the first time. This one was intended to be test shot and later I come back with a panoramic camera.