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Springtime Scenes: Light

Springing spring comes always when you need it. After a cold winter (well, now I live in Lisbon, so it was not so cold), bright days start to come. Light is important for photographers, in particular according to the Lomo-philosophy of going outside instead of photographing in a studio.

Photo by yopanic

Since I live in Lisbon now, I didn’t care so much about snow, because here, it never snows. But even here in this paradise, there’s this period of transition in which it’s possible to feel the climate changing. In particular, the changing of light is noticeable, which is a very important feature for photographers, since it’s the basis of shooting photography, and is also the basis of many technical choices.

The Lomography Tungsten X 64 is useful this period of spring. Setting the ISO on 200 (I use an LC-Wide) and photographing at the end of the afternoon, you can have a lot of ray of lights that are more horizontal than at noon. This is important in terms of the Tungsten X 64 slide film, because of the overexposure that can be useful, in order to produce some really good results.

With other films, horizontal light can produce some light flares. Unfortunately obtaining light flares depends a lot on:

  • Camera
  • Film
  • ISO of film
  • ISO set on your camera
  • Direction of light
  • Intensity of light

And then we have to consider the Lomo-philosophy. According to that, it’s better to go out to make a photo shoot instead of staying in the house/studio, with all the perfect artificial lights. One of the 10 rules established is “Bring your camera with you, wherever you go”; you can do that only if it’s raining outside. Only in few cases can pictures taken while raining be amazing, so now it’s possible.

Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.

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