Better fishing pictures: Shadows
Published Dec 21st 2012
Harsh shadows from a bright source like the sun are usually not very welcome in our images, and we often jump through hoops to avoid them. But how about making the shadows a part of the image, and maybe even the most important part?
But how about making the shadows a part of the image, and maybe even the most important part?
As I'm writing this, the sun is shining so brightly on my screen that I can hardly see it. It's October and being in the northern hemisphere that means that the sun is low. While that might be a menace when working next to a large window, it can actually be a blessing when being by the water and taking pictures. The low sun means long and distinct shadows, and that can be utilized in pictures and create some different effects.
Anything you place in a sunlit spot, be it gear, a fish or an angler, will cast a shadow, which is most likely both larger and more dominant than the object that casts it. That can sometimes be a pain, but consider incorporating the shadow into your image.
When shadows are cast from the side, and the whole shadow is clearly visible, consider getting the whole shadow in the picture. That might mean putting your main subject in one side of the frame to "make room" for the shadow, but that will just add to the tension and dynamics in the image. In the same manner a shot against the light where you have shadows of your subject falling towards you, consider tilting the camera forwards to get those shadows fully in the picture. You might even consider cutting away the main subject and only getting the shadows!
Shooting gear or flies can also be done using the shadow as a major part of the image. Most gear will cast some weird shadows, be it thin rods and lines or reels with geometrical and sometimes intricate shapes. A low light source will again accent any effect, and winter images or images shot in low sun over smooth surfaces like a sandy beach can give you some really different gear images.
You might even consider cutting away the main subject and only getting the shadows!
A seriesThese are all the articles in our series about better fly fishing photography. Read this series and you will learn a lot ebout getting better pictures while fishing. General outdoors pohotographers may also pick up a thing or two...
Better fly-fishing pictures
- Go close in Gallery. Published March 16th 2006
- Go low in Gallery. Published March 20th 2006
- Use a fill flash in Gallery. Published March 24th 2006
- Perfect Camera in Gallery. Published April 9th 2006
- Bring it! in Gallery. Published April 26th 2006
- Fishy pictures in Gallery. Published May 4th 2006
- Glorious light in Gallery. Published May 24th 2006
- Use a tripod in Gallery. Published June 1st 2006
- Jump! in Gallery. Published June 21st 2006
- Macro in Gallery. Published August 30th 2006
- Underexpose in Gallery. Published October 16th 2006
- Casting pictures in Gallery. Published January 29th 2007
- Clear Water in Gallery. Published February 15th 2009
- Bent Rods in Gallery. Published May 2nd 2009
- Gear pictures in Gallery. Published June 16th 2009
- Shoot the weather in Gallery. Published March 15th 2010
- Pictures of nature in Gallery. Published March 24th 2010
- Waterscapes in Gallery. Published January 9th 2011
- Close to the surface in Gallery. Published July 29th 2011
- Fly pictures in Gallery. Published March 25th 2012
- Compose in Gallery. Published November 30th 2012
- Reflections in Gallery. Published March 3rd 2013
- Better pictures: shooting the sun in Gallery. Published August 10th 2013
- Histograms in Gallery not scheduled for publishing yet.