A Colorful Tea Party

The winter months are great from a photographic perspective because the low sun provides an almost-golden hour throughout much of the day.  The angle of the sun also yields lighting that can't occur any other time of the year, such as this technically backlit scene of the Mad Tea Party.  The overhead foliage give a bit of filter, but the fact the sun is shining in the direction of the camera rather than away from it lends the composition a nice glow, and to get the Matterhorn in the background, I have to be facing south.  All of this only comes together during the winter months, and the vibrant atmosphere is enhanced as a result.

The Matterhorn peeks out over the vines and lanterns of Mad Tea Party.


  1. Hiya,
    Here's a perfect shot for a question of mine. How does HDR change the hue and saturation of the colors in the shot? It's seems like intensity of hie is bumped up at the same time that low values in the shadows are being picked up. Is this the case?

    1. At its essence, HDR is just a method of getting multiple exposures into one shot so that you can see the detail throughout the shot, from the shadows through the highlights. The colors come through more crisply throughout because they're getting more proper exposure comparable to the human eye. It all boils down to the fact that a camera can't capture the same dynamic range (amount of darkness and brightness) that the human eye can see.

      A lot of people HDR by plugging photos into software like Photomatix, which amps up the saturation just as part of the process. But sometimes, that's a bit artificial.


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