Exercise 4.3

Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term). The correct white balance setting will be important; this can get tricky –but interesting – if there are mixed light sources of different colour temperatures in the same shot. You can shoot indoors or outside but the light should be ambient rather than camera flash. Add the sequence to your learning log. In your notes try to describe the difference in the quality of light from the daylight shots in Exercise 4.2.

For this exercise I went to Canterbury Cathedral as it has a mix of both artificial and natural daylight both inside and outside.

I started inside the main part of the Cathedral where the light is predominately artificial lighting, which illuminates the ceiling. I took two handheld shots and set the White Balance (WB) to Auto. As I was shooting in RAW I knew that during post production I could, if I wanted to correct the white balance. I reviewed DSC_5827 and 28 and noticed how the second image moved into the blue spectrum rather than a daylight spectrum in the first shot.

I think that the reason for this could have been the stained glass in the distance confusing the camera. Although, the stone is much, much more cold and clinical and enhances the carving and flaking stone. It makes the whole Cathedral feel cold and uninviting. Whereas, in the first shot it feels homely and inviting. The oak takes on warm look but somehow feels false and more reflective in the second shot.

Overall, I have to admit that I personally prefer the colder second shot as it reflects the interior and realistic of its grand interior.



The interior posed the usual problem of accessibility and I found myself at one point locked into a corridor leading to some steps. So, I took a couple of shots from the artificial lights above into the daylight beyond. I admit that the first exposure was over-exposed but again gave a cool blue tinge to the bricks and stonework. Once I had managed to free myself I went outside to the cloisters, which are light but have openings of daylight between each section.

Due to the narrow passage and unable to stop people walking into the tripod in the dim light I moved to a more open area of the cloisters. However, the eight shots I took the WB changed and produced some mixed results. I found this challenging as my WB swung from one extreme to another. I had to increase the ISO to increase for the low light levels. The results are grainy images with some being rather blue and others yellow.

The shaded corridor and the light streaming into the cloister adversely affected my White Balance in the final set of shots. If felt this light was more atmospheric giving an impression of passing time with the worn flag stones and brittle masonry. I was perhaps fortunate to find a priest in moments of contemplation as he walked along the cloister; as he if he was looking for divine inspiration. The sunlight was weak and produced minimal shadows, which I would have expected to see on a brighter day. But I could imagine how this would have looked centuries ago with the light creating a dreamy feel.











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Exercise 4.3 – Contact Sheet

Exercise 4.3 – Contact Sheet