The first colour study that I started, after an hour I abandoned it. Right away I could see that the Light values were too dark, and all the colours were far too chromatic.
Watching the video on painting a sphere will help in rendering these Ptarmigans. I did a full blog post about the sphere, click HERE. These birds are rounded objects and the light moves across them in a similar fashion.
Below is the final painting that I critique at the 18 minute point of the video.
Below are the three adjustment options:
1. lighten the snow in the background
2. darken the snow in the background
3. blur the snow in the background which creates a lot of little bokeh.
Which one would you choose? Leave a comment below.
This week's video is a tips and tricks one. I am actually going to focus in on how to photograph white birds on snow! I will be using my friend Astrid Kruse's little ceramic birds that she makes. It turns out that birds are not known for being where you want them to be when you are ready to film. Plus it's really cold outside. It has been hovering at -30 and colder all week.
Check out Astrid's work HERE.
If you figure out what I'm going to paint for the next video put a comment below. :) I recommend staying to the end of the video as I will be sharing some of the images that I have taken. Let's grab our camera and let's get going.
in the above image you can see each step that I go through in one place beginning with ISO 200 and ending at ISO 1250
Each ISO jump brought me into the "over exposure" range of the Exposure Value Scale.
I want you to take a minute just to focus in on the shadows. As you look at the range of images you can see how dark the cast shadows are. Cameras tend to read the shadows as really dark compared to what our eyes can see. I can have the bird at a perfect light reading but then the shadows tend to be too dark. If I then made adjustments for the shadow, the bird will end up way too over exposed. The two images with hearts are the correct exposures: ISO 640 the ceramic birds are perfect and ISO 1250 is where the cast shadows are what my eyes were seeing.
Often I will work with two very different images so that I can get the object expose properly but also the cast Shadow are the shadow area expose properly.
At the end of the video I shared a bunch of images that I've taken from being overexposed, properly exposed to underexposed. I would warn against photographing cloudy day when the light is really flat. On those days in the winter there is so much light bouncing around that it just flattened everything out. You will notice it when you're walking as it tends to affect your depth perception.
Yellowknife watercolour and acrylic artist Shawna Lampi-Legaree’s latest venture can best be summarized as capturing moments of beauty from the world around her.
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