The last couple of days have been clear and blue, the kind of weather I’m none too fond of. It may be nice to walk in the sun for a change but this harsh light is not good for my kind of photography, the shadows are too deep and the lack of clouds makes the sky dull.
What a clear sky is good for is night photography, so I’ve been setting my alarm clock again. Unfortunately, the clouds ruin the party more often than not. For example last night I was outside at 2:30 AM and there wasn’t a star in sight. So, clear days and cloudy nights, what’s a guy supposed to do?
One thing that a clear day is good for is this kind of thing:
It’s a real photo of Torbay, but with a sort of ‘special’ effect applied to it to make it look like a miniature model. The clear blue sky helps add to this effect because a real miniature model is often well lit too, with harsh shadows and bright painterly colours. The other thing that would help this fake miniature effect is taking the photo from a high vantage point, making it appear like you’re looking down on something small. I haven’t found a higher vantage point in Torbay, so this is as good as it gets unfortunately.
In St. John’s the opportunities are slightly more plentiful, with high hills overlooking the city and a few tall buildings to peek down from. If I had friends in those high places I could certainly improve these kinds of shots. For now a high hill will have to do, this was shot from Gibbet Hill, overlooking the Johnson Geo Centre: