Great light for a lesson in photography

07th March 2011
This morning I was booked for a couple of hours one to one tuition with John. John had come to Westport for the week and could be available on any day in the week. But we had arranged to meet this morning. As I left Kiltimagh it looked most unlikely that we would get any kind of light for photography as there was low cloud and no sign of a break. It was so bad that I decided to phone John to see if he wanted to continue or meet on another day. We decided that at least it was not raining so we should go ahead. So I continued my journey, about ten minutes in, it started to rain !!. On arriving in Westport things still did not look hopeful but we headed out as far as Bertra Beach as we arrived so did the light !! We spent about an hour on Bertra not walking more then a couple of hundred feet , In front of us as we looked towards Croagh Patrick the sun broke through the clouds to produce a great sky and” great light” while the mountain remained in darkness. Above us there was a break with blue sky while behind us facing out to sea it remained fairly grey. As it turned out it was great light for a lesson in photography because pointing the camera in one direction required us to underexpose by 2 stops, moving to the left about 45 degrees required an Overexposure of 2 stops and moving 180 degrees towards the see resulted in correct exposure by the cameras auto system !! And all without moving the tripod!!

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