While I was trying to capture a shot of the Lost Lagoon in Vancouver a few months ago, an “ugly” duckling stepped in front of my camera, resulting in the feature image for this post.
Here’s what I was after – an underexposed sunset photograph of the Lost Lagoon in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This is what happened instead:
Both images were photographed west of Georgia Street, near the entrance to Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada. They are a perfect example of three things:
- you can’t plan for the “perfect” photograph – it’ll just happen
- lighting in nature photography is one of the most difficult topics – especially when something unexpected happens
- you have to be ready to capture the shot when something unexpected happens
Lighting is one of the most important factors in taking photographs of natural subjects. Unlike with studio shots where you control the lights and the shadows, taking photos outside is a little bit more complicated.
For me, natural light is not a hindrance, but one of the elements I try to work with (instead of against) in capturing images of my travels. That’s how the Lost Lagoon photograph captures all the different colors of the sky. The trick is to know how to use the natural light by angling the camera and the subject to achieve the exposure I’m after – without using flash. I cringe every time I see someone use flash outdoors, especially when they have a decent camera of even DSLR. If you’re curious to learn more about photography you’re welcome to join my online Digital Photography Masterclass. It contains the same material as my sold-out in-person photography workshop in Kananaskis Country, Canada.