Light Through the Day

The sequence of images below were taken across a 24 hour period, but unfortunately they were not taken all on the same day.

For this module, time management has been a challenge and so to help with this, for this exercise, I return to the house I grew up in and setup a camera from my old bedroom window overlooking trees on a golf course. Having an intimate knowledge of the scene helped me picture what it would look like at different times of the day. To capture the images, I’ve used an intervalometer capturing images every 15 minutes. For the time of year, the sun was raising at approximately 5:15 so on the day I wanted to capture the shot’s I set the meter going at 4:30. However, I’d not arrived at my parents house until late the night before so without concentrating, I managed to capture 10 images of the back of my lens cap (this is certainly a lesson I will not be forgetting).

From the sequence, the changing angles and sizes of the shadows can be scene and the changes in colour balance as well:



The above images were taken reasonably early (once I removed the lens cap) and the shadows are seen to have a reasonable length and the morning light is warm.





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As the suns position relative to the camera has moved round, the effect on the shadows has clearly been seen. The shadows have changed position but they’ve also become much shorter.

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As the sun starts to set, the shadows start to elongate and new shadows from the house appear. Also, the colour temperature is warming up again.

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Finally, the sun gets very low and sets. Everything falls into shadow and the light temperature turns blue.

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The following morning, we see the shadows starting to raise again, the light temperature warms up again and the shadows start to return. Unfortunately, the day is more overcast so the full effect of the morning shadows isn’t scene.

Final Thoughts

The images I like the most of this set of the ones where the shadows are long and the light is warm. The very first image shows this nicely and then later in the day when the sun starts to set and the shadows of the houses isn’t causing to much of a problem. The sequence of images shows that the time of day doesn’t just have an important part to play in the colour of an outdoor image, but also on the length and direction of shadows.


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