Dealing with Flat Light

Wood Between Worlds
, originally uploaded by Edward Faulkner

The overcast sky and snowy ground on this particular morning resulted in very flat, diffuse light. It can be difficult to take dramatic photos when there are no hard shadows or highlights. In this shot the falling snow gives a slightly dreamy quality. I boosted the contrast after converting to black and white. There wasn't much color to begin with, so this shot is all about contrast and symmetry.

If I had a "do over" on this one, I would adjust the focus to try to keep the lower left sharp. Ideally I'd also prefer the composition better if I were standing further to the right, but that would require a boat. :-)

Another way to deal with flat light it to take portraits instead, because the lack of harsh shadows is flattering.

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