TAOP: Part 4 – Light: Exercise – Cloudy Weather and Rain

This is another multi-part exercise depending on a few different conditions – though it looks like there’s been a printing error as the last part doesn’t say what’s required… so I’ve improvised.

Part One

The first part is two different subjects in sun and cloud, each taken with the white-balance set to ‘daylight’.

Table and Chair

Sunlight - ISO 100, f/11, 1/100s

Cloudy - ISO 100, f/11, 1/30s

There are around 2 f-stops difference between these shots.  The cloudy shot is cooler – with a slight blue tint.

Ludd Valley

Sunny - ISO 100, f/11, 1/80s

Cloudy - ISO 200, f/11, 1/80s

This time there is just over 1 f-stop difference (this time I increased the ISO to ensure the shot wasn’t blurred whilst taken hand-held).  Again there is a blueish, cool, tint to the cloudy shot.

Part Two

The second part of the exercise was to take three shots that make use of light on an overcast day and the enveloping, shadowless, light it creates.


ISO 100, f/8, 1/15s

One of the shots had to include an object with a strong colour, so I chose this daffodil.  The light is soft and the yellow catches it well, making a bold statement against the dull colours around it.


ISO 100, f/4, 1/80s

The shadow-less light makes it easier to pick out details in the in-focus part of the brickwork.


ISO 100, f/4, 1/80s

Similarly the detail in the wood is clear because of the lack of shadow, including in the grooves, where stronger light might have resulted in strong shadows and contrast that would mask the details of the grain of the wood.

Part Three

So, this part calls for two photos in rain, but it doesn’t say any more than that – likely due to a  printing error.  It does talk about different features, like rainbow and the pattern of raindrops on glass.  So, I’ve included a couple of shots “from the archives” to show the visual effects rain can create.

Rainbow in St.Ives

ISO 100, f/10, 1/125s

Taken in St.Ives in August.

Raindrops on Glass

ISO 400, f/4, 1/160s

Taken in July outside my old apartment.

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