Does the subject need to be front lit?

Winter time is one of my most favorite times to shoot because the light looks so different with all the snow on the ground. Everything naturally looks more contrasted because of the snow and the subjects appear to be in a more inhospitable environment. It can be very challenging dealing with these harsh blacks and whites, but also there can be great joy.


While I was out walking the river I had my friend Alex with me and he was fishing, I started playing around with the contrast in the landscape and of course him as the subject. The great thing about water and snow is there is a lot of hot spots. Since I’m always lighting my subject is some way I figured why not try the reverse. Motion can be seen in multiple types of light and in fly fishing there is a lot of motion. The motion of the wrist and the arm and the fly is crucial when it comes to getting the right cast. Capturing that motion, even silhouetted, is essential but not always easy. Diversifying and capturing mutliple types of shots is how you become better but it all starts with experimenting.

Images Captured with Nikon D4, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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