Sunday, January 31, 2010

Archeology in Aqaba

Aqaba Archeology
Of the many unique and interesting things in Aqaba Jordan are the many archeology sites.  I have not had the opportunity to find out more about these sites and their significance, but hope to do so in the future.  A couple of photographs from these sites are featured in this post.
From a photographic standpoint there are two elements of these photographs  worthy of some discussion.  First, both of these photographs are high dynamic range (HDR – type HDR into the search bar above to find more of my entries discussing HDR).  This fact is of little consequence, but worth observing is that one of the shots is color and the other black and white.  The relevant point is that HDR works equally well in color and black and white even though nearly all of the HDR photography you will find as you browse the web are in color.
Aqaba Archeology-2
The second noteworthy point is the light – the most important component to any photograph.   Questions to ask when viewing or composing a photo include
  1. What is the source of the light?
  2. Where is the light coming from?
  3. What kind of light is it?
  4. Was all natural light used, or were there lighting supplements (strobes, lights, reflectors, etc.)
  5. What is the quality of the light (harsh, soft, toned, etc.)
  6. And on, and on.
In the case of each of these photographs, the light was sunlight within one hour of sunset…very low on the horizon resulting in soft light and long shadows.  The light in the color photograph came from my left, while the black and white photograph was composed with the sun in the upper right corner of the frame.  You can use the light in many creative ways, but first you have to “become one with the light” so you can use it to your advantage.
Have fun, and go make some great photography.

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