30 Photos in 30 Days — Day 19

Complementing the colour of the sky

Colour of the sky— Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm, f/11 for 1/200 sec., ISO 100

Unlike all the recent overcast days, the sky today was a beautiful blue with fluffy white clouds. I wanted to include it in a shot. I’ve recently been reading about complementary colours and thought it would be good to try and find something orange to go along with the blue of the sky. What’s big and orange and found all over? Home Depot!

I set my exposure against the blue sky as I was most concerned with the sky being exposed correctly. I tried several angles and approaches including an out of focus blue foreground subject (see below) but think the depth in this very first shot that I took with the clouds hovering above the store did the best job of drawing my eye into the photo.

What I learned

  1. Try different compositions. It’s good to have a variety of approaches to really explore a subject.
  2. Watch out for visual noise in the scene. A number of my shots had black marks that turned out to be small birds. There was a lot going on and I didn’t see the birds until I got home.
  3. When you see what you want, snap quickly. The sun only peeked through the clouds to properly illuminate the Home Depot sign for about 15 minutes. After that, the contrast was gone as the store was shaded.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm, f/8 for 1/250 sec., ISO 100

I’m shooting 30 photos in 30 days to jump-start my photography skills. If you missed it, check out my introduction in my day 1 post.