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You always hear about the importance of light in photography and some of you may not really understand what that means. Sure, there’s subject matter, composition and depth of field to consider but, hands down, it is light (or lack thereof) along with its intensity that plays the biggest role in a photograph.  

For example, in the following two images, light is the only variable that changed considerably, yet they couldn’t be more different. (Yeah, yeah, I know there are those of you who are going to point out that shutter speed also changed but that was simply to maintain the correct exposure).  

In the first image, we have fairly diffused, even natural lighting on this Mourning Dove, all fluffy and clean from bathing. 

“Dove on the Rocks” (Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura) Nikon D300, 650mm (200-400mm F/4G w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/160s, -0.3EV, ISO 400

A mere three minutes later, the clouds parted creating a much more dramatic scene, separating the bird from the background and providing areas of high contrast and shadow. 

“Drama Queen” (Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura) Nikon D300, 650mm (200-400mm F/4G w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/500s, -0.3EV, ISO 400

Which is better? Well, I’ll leave that up to you to decide. 😉

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