One of the of common pieces photography advice we hear is to return often to take pictures of the same site or subject. By taking photographs at different times of the year, day, or under different conditions you can get different results. Sometimes very different results.
In this blog I will share two pictures I've shot of an antique fire truck that's displayed on the grassy strip between a busy highway and the parking lot of local auto body shop. These photographs were made after I'd already taken pictures of this fire truck on at least two previous occasions. But these two most recent images are the most successful I've taken. At least so far.
This first image (above) was taken about 10:00 AM on January 3, 2018. I took the picture with my Sony RX100ii compact camera which I carry with me almost all of the time. Driving past the scene on that day I noticed how nice the blue sky looked above the truck and did a quick (though safe and legal) u-turn. Getting out of the car I took a wide variety of pictures of the truck from many different angles and distances. This one pleased me the most because it has a linear composition, where all the elements of the picture lead the eye through the frame from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. I also loved the shade of the deep blue sky I got from shooting away from the sun on the very bright day.
This next picture (above) was taken today, February 1 also about 10:00 AM. I purposely set out to re-photograph the fire truck in the hazy overcast light of this particular day. I knew that a shot made on this day would be much lower in contrast, so it would be much softer than the previous picture. I took this picture with my Sony A6000 and 18-105mm f4 zoom lens. After again taking many pictures from different angles and distances I choose this time one taken from the right side of the fire truck and looking across the highway to include the spook-house castle that's only open in October for Halloween.
So the common advice to return often to the same place or subject for different but still good pictures is true. As in this case where I've shot two pictures of the same truck at almost the same time of day for results that are very different. Lesson learned, don't to be afraid to get out and take photos in any light anywhere, even if you've been there before.