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