When I started picking up photography, the first thing they ever teach you is that light means everything.. like how light is to a painter, its the same for a photographer.. And what differenciates a good photography from a great photographer? above all is the ability to use light to his / her advantage.. So in the quest of my learning, I had to train myself to see what most people would ignore.. like the sky..
I've noticed that the sky is simply utterly beautiful.. it is like a canvass for the heavens to paint.. it can look dull one morning and vibrant reddish orange glow the next.. everyday is different.. but to catch those amazing artworks, one requires patience..
The pain in the ass part is that with the sky, its not the golden hour.. its more like the golden minute.. every minute changes how the sky looks.. and if you aren't ready or fast on the draw.. kapoof.. its gone! and won't ever return in the way you last saw it..
This is the picture I took one morning and found that the sky had this amazing depth and contrast.. You can even notice the morning sun glow (orange color) on to the lower right of the picture..
Truth is, as nice as this picture is, it lacks something very important.. subject.. now lets take a look at the 2nd picture..
Ok.. here we have another interesting skyline.. kinda looks like a painted background doesn't it? well its not. trust me..
So now we have an interesting looking skyline.. and what do you know.. there's a subject.. the KL city.. what's more prominent in showcasing KL city than its two world renowned embassadors.. the KL Tower and KL Twin Towers..
Doesn't the skyline picture looks better with a primary subject to hold the picture down?
The Towers took your attention first right? then only your eyes will start wondering around the image..
The conclusion is quite simple actually.. the sky as amazing as it is.. its just a sky.. its never the primary subject (most of the time anyway).. the reason is this, the sky is just too large.. humans need smaller objects to focus.. a mountain.. a silhouette.. or in the case above a promninent landmark..
Smaller in terms of viewing size of course..
I think it'll be a nice postcard or for some Visit Malaysia advert..
This picture is actually quite lucky because so happen that morning the air quality is clear enough to get enough sharpness.. most of the mornings I noticed had this slight hazy look especially at this distance.. You can only get this type of clarity in the morning as later in the day, the traffic and car exhaust plumes make things all fuzzy again..