In the videotaped lessons, Annie Liebovitz has shown herself to be a gifted photographer and storyteller. She gives assignments for each lesson. For the lesson on lighting, she suggested taking a picture of a willing subject in the same place three times in the course of a day.
My willing subject was Vienna Laurendi Haak. We went to her parents' house, located near the Niagara River at about 7:20 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. yesterday. The weather conditions were not ideal. Early in the morning, it was foggy. It snowed all day. Nevertheless, the lighting did change over the course of the day.
Here are the photographs:
|Early in the morning, everything is cast in shades of blue. Vienna stands in shadow. In the background are two Grand Island bridges that connect Grand Island to Tonawanda, New York.|
|At noon, there is no more sign of blue in the sky or in the water. The snow has started to fall, and everything looks very light. There are fewer shadows on Vienna.|
|Later in the day, the overall impression is of whiteness, as the snow continued to fall. The colors in the sky and water are changing. Nightfall came soon after.|
Look for another series of changing light pictures, as we have decided to do it again, on a clear day. This was a lot of fun! Thank you, Vienna, for being my most willing and cheerful model!
Keep watching this blog for more photo essays based on assignments from the photography master class.