Day 70 – Golden Hour

Today’s photo were taken yesterday evening … I had already done my blog, but as I was leaving puppy training school the sky was a lovely blue colour – there are two times a day which are ideal for taking photos – the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour …

  • The blue hour is the time just after sunset and just before sunrise, again occuring twice a day – the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue.
  • Golden hour is defined the as that period when the sun lies between the horizon and 6 degrees above. It occurs twice a day, and is the ideal time of day for taking sunsets and sunrises.

To find out exactly when they are you can download an app like this one

ISO400, F13, 1/15sec - taken at 19.32 looking away from the setting sun.
ISO400, F13, 1/15sec – taken at 19.32 looking away from the setting sun.

I switched to a wider aperture – so that I could maximize the light entering my lens, considering hand holding is not the best way to take sunsets – a tripod should really be used.

ISO 400, F6.3, 1/20sec - 19.40pm - looking towards the sunset.
ISO 400, F6.3, 1/20sec – 19.40pm – looking towards the sunset.

It is amazing how much the light can change in just a couple of minutes.

ISo400, F6.3, 1/40sec - taken at 19.43 - Sunset at Barton
ISo400, F6.3, 1/40sec – taken at 19.43 – Sunset at Barton
ISO400, F6.3, 1/30 sec - taken 1t 19.45pm - A love the reds coming though almost like the sky was on fire!
ISO400, F6.3, 1/30 sec – taken 1t 19.45pm – A love the reds coming though almost like the sky was on fire!

I walked back along the beach, the change of angle effected the sunset, but it also meant that I could capture some foreground interest and a sense of scale with the fisherman in the foreground.

ISO 400, F6.4, 1/10sec - The light was dropping fast ... taken at 19.47
ISO 400, F6.4, 1/10sec – The light was dropping fast … taken at 19.47
ISo 400, F6.3, 1/13sec - Taken at 19.48
ISo 400, F6.3, 1/13sec – Taken at 19.48
ISO 400, F6.3, 1/25sec - taken at 19.48 - the last of the usable light.
ISO 400, F6.3, 1/25sec – taken at 19.48 – the last of the usable light.

I would have liked to have stayed and taken some photos as the blue hour approached… but without a tripod it was not really possible … but at least I have saved something for another day! What amazes me most about these photos is how easy it is to miss the right light – there was literally at 8 minute window of time when the sunset was right – but to get a photo I needed to be in the right place with the right amount of foreground interest to make the photo worth recording.

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