Photography 101: Mystery

Show us something uncertain, and manipulate light around you to enhance the mood of your image.

Some photos are significant not because of what’s depicted, but because of the mood they create.

To stretch yourself, manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows and highlights to create a moody image. Work with natural light, or find an artificial light source like the stage lights above. – The Daily Post

Yesterday’s Photography 101 was all about mystery.  Yet, it was hard to figure out just how to portray it.  The sporadic appearance of the sun and my limited lunch hour didn’t give me much time to play with it before work. So I decided to postpone it to today.  That gave me time last night after work to walk around and see what I could do.

The best shot came with this shot of the mysterious (and classy) Hotel St. James located at the corner of St. Pierre and St. Jacques in Old Montreal.

Old Montreal

Giving it another day also was because on Thursday evening, my friend and I decided to do a last minute sunrise shooting session.  I’ve never done one before and like I mentioned, the sun is being sporadic but this morning, after 3 hours of sleep, I got out of my warm bed and bundled up to catch that sunrise at 6:30ish back in Old Montreal.  What can I say? Old Montreal is absolutely picturesque.

These are taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

Sunrise Montreal

sunrise montreal

The dim lighting, the birds in the frame and the first sign of the sun lighting up the sky giving off some nice hues gives a mysterious moody feeling to me. This is just the first bit of the sun going up.

Once I finish going through the pictures, I’ll be posting up more nice shots in a separate post 🙂

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