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Thursday, September 3, 2015
What is the Photography Sweet Zone?
The sweet zone does not function when taking just distant skyline images. There must be objects close up to reflect the flash and enough sky to show through from behind. Here is an example:
This is an untouched image. No enhancements or changes made. You can see how the close proximity of the nearby tree and spanish moss is illuminated by the camera flash yet the deep blues of the emerging dawn sky show through clearly.
If you catch the image too soon you basically capture very little detail as shown here:
In this case the sweet zone had not quite arrived and the camera was basically relying only on its flash to supply light. The tree was also a bit far away so picked up very little of the flash.
Here you see a finished image which has gone through digital post processing:
The flash reflected off the brick structure while still allowing the daylight to come through behind. Another 2 minutes and this shot probably would have been impossible.
Now I am sure there are technical names for this, but I am not writing this entry for tech savvy camera people. I am writing it for the artist who is also the photographer and looking to enhance their work with something different.
The countess variety of images I've gotten during the sweet zone has been a joy to me as a photographer. I hope it is for you also.