Where we sometimes get disappointed, myself included, is when we set out to get a shot or two and the light turns out to be what we think is just ordinary & lifeless. The thing is, thinking that the light is just ordinary is, for the most part, wrong and the reason why I say this is that we then tend to put the camera away and ignore a potentially great photograph right in front of us. There’s essentially nothing wrong with what we call ordinary light because it’s how we choose to deal with it.
Take for example the above photograph & the lighting; it’s in shade with a slight bluish cast that makes the colors appear cool. Being a sunny evening, the shade is naturally cool in tone, so warming it up, as I played with in editing, made the colors murky & unfaithful to the scene as I had seen it. The light was what I would call ordinary, but only in that it was a clear day with little to no clouds and the shade had a bluish cast to it; I shot it with a white balance of about 7000K (for Olympus users, it’s the Shade setting) so it already did bring in a bit of warmth to the image itself. Shooting in RAW, the white balance isn’t hardwired into the data, but it does influence it a bit when processing the image which has to be done thanks to the file format; in this photograph, I ended up taking the yellows out a bit while still trying to remain truthful to the original scene.
Because of what we think is ordinary light, we tend to ignore scenes that could be really something, mostly due to being accustomed to it. If you really think about it, we’re so accustomed to blaring sounds & images, things that stick out, and the newest & latest item that we really forget what it means to slow down and really take a look around. The above photograph doesn’t speak loudly, but it wasn’t meant to; it was meant to show ordinary light on an ordinary flower growing on a vine. For me, it speaks about the balance of purple & green on a vine growing on the edge of a gazebo, showing how the flower can still stick out quite a bit even under ordinary light among the greens. So…get out there and make the ordinary extraordinary!