Harsh light. Baroque in photography.

Many times I’ve been asked – What to photograph in the middle of the day or how to use the harsh day light.

I think many of us were trapped by the harsh light in the middle of the day during a travel. Same happened to me in Rome, when I was enjoying a walk to an evening location, which I have selected couple days before. The sun was still above my head and light was quite harsh. Passing  Fountana di Trevi I noticed how beautifully the light was falling on one of a figures.

Fountana di Trevi is a famous touristic attraction in the center of Rome. Literal translation is a fountain in the Trevi district of Rome (location on Google map). It is surely one of my favorite places to spend an evening, but I am rarely passing by in the middle of the day.

The scene reminded me of baroque paintings tecnique with  the main characters advancing from a dark background. Actually the figures of the fountain were created in the baroque period and the fountain is the largest baroque fountain in the city.

So, I had a baroque figure and a baroque light, I only had to find a composition which would work.

Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy
Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Italy

There are following elements which make the picture work for me:

  • Rhythm in shadows and highlights
  • Diagonal rising composition

I believe this is a good example on how even the harsh light can assist in bringing out a special character of a picture.

Cheers!

Equipment:

  • Sony a7
  • Canon nFD 80-200 L

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