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.
In the following images, I was inspired by Sato Shintaro’s depiction of the bright lights of the big city, largely without people. I spent two weeks in Chatswood, a very developed part of the Sydney sprawl but which has an identity all its own. My goal was to take straight street scenes, like Shintaro, which show it just as it is in a very factual way.
The white balance required a slight tweaking in most of the images, however due to the mixed light sources, it’s always a case of finding a compromise.
The quality of the light is very different from the daylight shots. It is bright, often harsh and creates sharply defined shadows. The mood it creates is also quite different, lacking the softness of daylight. The colour temperature of the light is also obviously different, varying depending the type of lighting e.g. tungsten, fluorescent etc.