Shooting in harsh, midday sunlight can make photography difficult (especially for portrait photography). Direct sunlight can cast unwanted shadows, blow out the lighting on people’s faces, and and give everything that white, washed-out look. But the serrated landscape of Sabino Canyon provided lots of interesting lines and shadows to photograph, not to mention beautifully desolate views and refreshing oases. Tucson in the middle of the day is a lot harder to bear than in the middle of the morning, and it’s amazing to such how much natural life is able to thrive in the parched heat of the desert. Fortunately for me, I visited Arizona in March, and my Vitamin-D-deprived, Seattleite skin welcomed the milder Spring version of the desert sun.
Speaking of the “white, washed-out look”, I’ve been suspecting for awhile that the light meter on my Nikon FE is slightly biased when taking its light reading, but I keep forgetting to make note of which way the light meter leans. After looking through these midday desert photos, I’m pretty sure that the FE’s light meter tends to undervalue the amount of light available (in other words, when it tells me to set the shutter speed for 1/100 sec., I should be setting the shutter speed slightly faster than that). I’ll try to I’ll try to keep that in mind from now on when I use the Nikon FE, and we’ll see if that increases contrast and reduces overexposure in future photographs.
Check back soon for the last part of the Tucson series!