Two weeks into 2016 and the weather has taken a turn for the worst both in rainfall and in temperature. Its rained for at least half of the time while the temperature has dropped to near freezing 0c. Compared with the rest of the country we’ve got of lightly as snow flooding and high winds have hit in Wales,the North and in Scotland. To me sitting here at home in our part of Essex the weather gives me a great opportunity to get out and get some good photos of the days as they change over the year.
Since I got onto photography big time over 4 years ago I’ve started to respect the weather and also learned to appreciate the days of changing light throughout the year.With photography the light plays a very important part,especially if you take many landscape and wildlife photos.
Light is often one of the most important elements of your photograph. Light, more specifically the quality of light, can have a profound effect on the mood of your pictures and really good photographers understand this and use this to their advantage. The types of light that occur are Hard Light which creates very bright and very dark areas in the same scene. You can see this on a very bright and sunny day. Often hard light can create very dark shadows. You can also see this when people use a flash on someone against a dark background. The result is often a very bright subject with a very dark background. You can soften the shadows using a fill flash.
Soft light: Soft light is as it names implies – is soft. It is diffused, smooth, consistent and has few shadows to confuse your camera. Think of a large shaded area or what its like to be outside on a cloudy day. There are no harsh shadows or extreme bright spots. I like bright days on the whole as it gives a happy feel to a photo and illuminates the subject matter in a close up. Landscape photos however can be improved with big black majestic clouds dominating the shot. So what does the met office say about what weather we have in store for the rest of the month.
UK Outlook for Monday 18 Jan 2016 to Wednesday 27 Jan 2016:
A generally cold and dry start to the period, with widespread overnight frosts expected. The far west may see outbreaks of rain or snow at times. As we move through next week, rain from the Atlantic may move further east, with a risk of snow as it pushes into the cold air. Eastern parts should see drier conditions but with further widespread frosts likely. The last week of January will most probably see unsettled weather becoming established across the north and west, with drier, colder weather in the southeast. Temperatures are expected to be below average at first, perhaps moving towards average by the end of next week, especially in the northwest of the country.