Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, October 3, 2011

#139 Light & Shadows

Sometimes, it’s the shadows that make a photograph.

We were exploring the slopes of the Hungduan terraces in Ifugao amidst fast-changing late afternoon light. The sun was about to set and the light had become directional, casting shadows onto what was previously a brightly lit landscape. The terraces took on an ominous, almost dramatic, mood compared to just minutes ago. I like to photograph at these moments because grand landscapes become dramatic landscapes. The random patterns of light and shadow adds character and imbues mood. We don’t often see a landscape lit this way, but that’s how you make unique photographs, by taking them under lighting conditions that can last only moments. Now you know. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: The precise exposure to match what your eyes see can be tricky because an automatic reading can fool your camera into over-exposure. You can take a spot-meter reading on your main subject, which in this case are the golden fields because their color must be absolutely true. Everything else will fall into place. Or you can simply bracket your shots, up to two stops below your meter reading, and simply choose the one that you recall to be correct.)

Where in the world is Hungduan in Ifugao?
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