Velesovo Monastery, a Dominican convent developed around the local church of the annunciation, in Adergas village in the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia.

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways….

We all know that, don’t we? When I’m out photographing a landscape, I often start to build a picture in my mind as to what I want to achieve, and also how I would like my scene to be ideally lit. In other words, where there should be light, and where there should be shadow. How many times have you thought, “ooh just a little patch of light on that hilltop, or the church needs to be in the spotlight”

Well, often a little bit of patience, determination and studious observation will bring those results.. Sometimes though, the moments happen, but at separate times, like in the following photos:

Here I wanted light to fall on both the castle on the hill and the tall building on the left, simultaneously. It was critical that it also happened while that beautiful cloud was drifting perfectly overhead!

First, light fell on the castle only.

View across the to Ljubljana Castle and Neboticnik building from Tivoli Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljanski Grad sits on a hill in the centre of the city overlooking the capitals old town. Neboticnik was the tallest building in Slovenia when first built, but has since lost this title to many other buildings. However, it's still the best place for coffee or dinner with the best panoramic view of the city and the surrounding landscape.

View across the to Ljubljana Castle and Neboticnik building from Tivoli Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Then light fell on the tall building, but the castle fell into shade.

View across the to Ljubljana Castle and Neboticnik building from Tivoli Park, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljanski Grad sits on a hill in the centre of the city overlooking the capitals old town. Neboticnik was the tallest building in Slovenia when first built, but has since lost this title to many other buildings. However, it's still the best place for coffee or dinner with the best panoramic view of the city and the surrounding landscape.

But not on both like this:

The cloud then moved away.

By the time the light did fall on both, that great cloud had moved away, so my visualised image was lost.

Or was it? Well, as you can see above, I managed to get it, by merging the light..

Another scene where the same thing happened.

Here I wanted the foreground and the church to be lit, and the tip of the mountain also lit because there is a church sitting on the top left hill.

In the first photo the foreground was beautifully lit.

Velesovo Monastery, a Dominican convent developed around the local church of the annunciation, in Adergas village in the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia.

Velesovo Monastery, a Dominican convent developed around the local church of the annunciation, in Adergas village in the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia.

But I also wanted the church on the top of the hill, and the top of the hill lit.

I got it, but then the church was thrown into the shade.

But like before, by merging the two I got what I wanted:

Velesovo Monastery, a Dominican convent developed around the local church of the annunciation, in Adergas village in the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia.

How was it done?

Firstly, you need to be setup on a tripod and the two photos must be identically composed, so there is no mismatch when blending. For the rest, watch the video below:

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