Again, The Light. Only Different
Schrock Lake at Sharon Woods in two photos made about seven hours apart.
The top photo was made a little before 9 am when the skies were still cloudy from the trailing edge of yesterday’s snowy weather. I wanted a photo showing the remnants of the snowfall contrasting against the bare trees. The roadway and paths helped form the composition around the lake. It’s almost a study in black and white although it is color.
The bottom photo was made about 3:30 pm from almost the same perspective using the roadway and paths to shape the lake.
This is one of those times when the presence of light interferes with the storytelling, especially at the severe angle later in the day. The stark contrast in the morning photos is lost with the trees now being in bright sun and their long shadows falling across the fields of snow. The shadows are now blue and the highlights slightly orange, much different than the morning photo with subdued color.
An interesting element is the lake. In the morning photo, it reflects the grey sky. In the afternoon it reflects the blue sky emphasizing the blue shadows.
Also, note that both photos are both three exposure stitched panoramas.
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