Duck wrote:davechinn wrote:[...] Here is my theory on the lighting and I may be completely off base, but you and others are correct about the direction, but my thoughts were, what if a flash/speed light were used to simulate the lighting on the cowboy, rather than all natural light? Similar results? Not totally convinced myself, but that's kinda my thinking. Am I incorrect? Direction of lighting is still something I need to work on and maybe someday soon I will master it, but until then I rely on others to point me in the proper direction. [...]
When mixing flash with natural light it is often prefered to match the direction of the strobe light with the natural light (keeping in mind that the purpose is to open shadows on the subject) so that it doesn't look unnatural or obvious. There are some photographers that effectively go against this in their work but they are able to achieve a certain balance with the look. In the case of this composite we assume several things and one of them is that we are outdoors without additional light sources (why would a cowboy have a flash?). Specially since a more obvious light source is shown to us. There is an incongruity of lighting as seen by the viewer.
I understand your theory and while I'm on the fence I still tend to lean both ways. I appreciate your comments and thoughts concerning this composite. I'm sure this won't be the last conversation in regards to lighting. I'm always willing to keep an open mind, because I hope to someday .... soon, master the issue. Thanks again, much appreciated.