Years ago I went through a period where I was so disappointed by the grumpy, most of the time, London’s weather. The typical washed out white sky and the flat ambient light always was making me think that this isn’t the best time to be out on the street hunting for that magical moment anyone of us, as professional photographers, want to capture and add to his or her portfolio.
Ok I wouldn’t argue the case that light is the most important element that defines photography, especially it is very important for landscape photographers. But after capturing quite few good compositions in a very typical London weather, my idea of what good light has to be changed dramatically.
As I mentioned above, light for landscape or wildlife photographers is crucial, although we have seen some really stunning images taken under bad weather conditions. And what still makes these images stunning is the content. Yes, as I was progressing, to higher professional and artistic level, with my photography I came to develop the concept of “content” and to balance it in a way to suits certain lighting situation. Of course, I’m not saying that the content itself can make a great image under any lighting or weather conditions, but if balanced right and thought well of, can certainly lead to a masterpiece.
This is especially true if you are doing street or documentary photography where content is crucial. After all photography is a medium that processes data, from the source, where is been captured, to the viewer, who will process the information of a place that he or she haven’t or will never visit. Saying this I would like to remind myself the responsibility we have to bear as photographers.
The image above was captured in one of this typical London days, but then again we are living in times were we shoot RAW files and use some advanced software solutions (equivalent of conventional dark rooms) that help us expand our creative and technical skills.