Light through the day

This is an exercise in looking at the effect of sunlight on a subject throughout the day.  I’ve more or less decided on an old favourite of mine – a barn at Detling.  It fulfils the criteria in that it is a lone building on the horizon:-


The barn at Detling

I have used the The Photographer’s Ephemeris to see what the angle of the sun is going to be on the day in question.  This is a wonderful tool for checking angles and times of sunrises and sunsets.


The barn in question, accessed down a country track.



All you need to do is drop the pin on your chosen location and the program will show you the relevant angles and times.

To check the weather I used the BBC website:-

Detling Weather

I set my main camera at an angle to the barn and took a shot at a constant F11 at roughly hour intervals after the initial couple of set up shots.  There was an unforecasted mist on the morning in question but this quickly cleared with the sun coming out in full about an hour later


1) 6.18 am


2) 6.22 am



3) 7.22 am



4) 8.23 am




5) 9.10 am



6) 10.10 am



7) 11.10 am



8) 12.11 pm



9) 1.11 pm



10) 2.08 pm



11) 3.16 pm



12) 4.11 pm



13) 5.10 pm


16) 6.12 pm


17) 7.10pm






18) 7.32 pm

In addition I also set up another camera facing a different angle taking shots at intervals of ninety seconds and made a timelapse of the resultant five hundred and thirty six shots which does really show the light changes:-

The barn2

Of the series of shots above  I am torn between two shot at opposite ends of the day number six taken at 8.23 am and number 26 taken at 7.10 pm:-


I like the light on the left hand side of the building and the small shadow (at least from this angle) behind and to the right)  as it happens the mist/cloud provides a useful contrasting backdrop making in my view the barn stand out more.


I like the subdued colour in this and although there is a bit of lens flare(which is cloneable) and burnt highlights (which may be retrievable) I think this a good shot of the barn and the cloud formation behind adds to it.

I played around with this last image as it was after consideration my favourite and this is the edited result:-DSC02204-2

The problem with using a fixed vantage point is that you will at some stage of the day get lens flare or shadows in some of the shots so positioning is key and normally I would be moving the camera round to get the best vantage point with the light at that time.  However the exercise does I hope, give an indication of the effect of the changing light.

I am a fan of early morning and late evening light as is evidenced by my choices, but in this case I think the stark midday or high light also suits the monolithic and isolated nature of the subject, and this can be seen in number 20 above where the barn is almost in silhouette,  I have shot some stark black and white shots previously in very strong light.


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