While the weather covers everything in a sheet of monochrome and like standard white balance registers everything as 18% grey there isn’t much hope photographing vibrant colors outside. So it’s time for some research.
When you think of powerful colors all sorts of possibilities spring to mind, flowers, green trees, the blue ocean and sky. But what about even more unique things…like lava.
Bryan Lowry is a lava photographer, risking his life to capture the most breathtaking images of lava you could see.
Here are some of his incredible photos that truly capture the unharnessed power of the volcano
The reason I’m studying his work is because of the intense colour he captures in every shot. While I can’t exactly go and photograph a volcano for this exercise, I can study his work to see how the colour is so powerful and dominating.
Placing the colorful element against a dark background automatically concentrates the attention on the colour. For a set up this I could use a black sheet of card or following the inverse square law ‘any object twice the distance from the light source will receive a quarter of the amount of illumination.’ which will hopefully produce a black background as in these photos