As I outlined in earlier, “Re-thinking landscape” posts, I’m exploring ways to photograph wild places that don’t rely for their effect on low morning or evening light. To that end, I find myself hanging about locations long after the the sun has set and, after a bit longer, getting out a spotlight selectively to paint the scene.
These first two pictures, from Riisitunturi National Park in Finnish Lapland show the same scene shots 20 minutes apart, when it was getting pretty hard to see where I’d left the camera. The second was lit with a small tungsten balanced head torch. Phony, perhaps, but a fresh take on a much photographed location.
Have a look at the work of someone who has really mastered the technique and found a range of applications for it, my colleague and Spain’s leading nature photographer, José Benito Ruiz.