This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 18 – Golden Hour.
Do you know there is a Golden-Hour web site (smartphone app, too), which tells you your local Golden-Hour time? Check it out here.
Of course, time is only one element in the equation. Some days we have great golden hour; some days so-so; and cloudy days it’s simply not there. This week (since Raj posted the lesson) started with several very cold days, followed by some cloudy days. Just as I was going to dig out some old photos, it got warmer 😉
Let me start with one of my favorite golden hour photos… just because I found it.
(F7.1, 1/200 Sec., ISO-100, FL 32mm)
Yesterday’s golden-hour was okay.
(F11, 1/160 Sec., ISO-200, FL 34mm. Can you feel the cold air?)
We had a cloudy morning today, but to my surprise the sun came out for a short while. I knew I wouldn’t have enough time driving to any place.
(F11, 1/30 Sec., ISO-200, 34 mm – F11 is probably not a good choice. I didn’t think ;-( Yes, I shouldn’t rush even though the sun was about to move behind clouds…)
When I did a photo session with Molly, it was during the golden hour.
(F/4, 1/20 Sec., ISO 100, FL 38 mm. My camera was set to f/4 most of the time in that day, if not all. This is a good example of why we should check the exposure frequently while shooting in golden hour. With the same setting – f/4 and ISO-100, a few minutes earlier it only took 1/250 sec. I was lucky on this one.)
I love golden hour. It has the magic transforming an ordinary scene to a special one.
(F/11, 1/200 Sec., ISO-200, FL 62 mm)
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