This week your challenge is to photograph a ‘Moody Scene’. Think fog, think shadows, think directional light, and think monochrome or black and white, think drama, think mystery.
What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘Moody Scene’? Well, I immediately think of an area blanketed in fog with silhouetted trees barely visible and the light filtering through. Fog adds a sense of mystery and moodiness.
You can also add a sense of moodiness by changing your exposure. By underexposing your image by about 1.0 EV (exposure value) you will see more drama in the skies, in the shadows, in the scene. This includes portraits also.
Photograph in low light. It may be challenging, but the results will be well worth it.
Also Long Exposure, when applied to land, water and urban scapes can provide beautiful moody images. For this you will need a tripod and a cable release to keep the camera totally still throughout the exposure, and possibly ND filters.
Converting to Black and White is another technique that produces a timeless, moody image. Strip away the distracting colour and you are left with the building blocks of a great composition - tonal contrast, pattern, lines, shape and light.
Now it is time for you to create and share your interpretation of a ‘Moody Scene’. Remember this photographic challenge is about trying new things and enjoying it while you do it. Have fun this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.