Day 256 – Evening Light

I went back to visit Hatchet Moor as the sunset and into blue hour, with my tripod and my 17-70mm lens. It was a lovely quiet evening, apart from the road noise, the sun set quickly and I was able to capture these special moments.

Golden Hours - F3.2, ISO2000, 1/8000 sec
Golden Hours – F3.2, ISO2000, 1/8000 sec

Above – a swan at sunset. I quickly choose to increase the ISO and decrease the aperture so that I could capture as much light as possible whilst freezing the motion of the swan.

Whereas below was taken a few moments later with a longer exposure, narrower aperture and ISO100, to create the sharpest shot possible – the sun is slightly too high and has starbursted onto the horizon – due to the aperture settings.  However the sky was bland for an evening sunset photo – there should have been more clouds to interest … which means for me – the swan shot works better… as it has added interest.

ISO100, F22, 1/20sec
ISO100, F22, 1/20sec

As the sun dipped – the swans came back into shot, so I risked taking the image again only changing the aperture –  I think it is a lovely atmospheric image – I just wish the swans were separated in the image, as it would have given it more definition I think!

Sunset - F2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO100
Sunset – F2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO100

After Sunset comes Blue Hour – the light changes significantly before it gets dark – here you can see one of the Photo Buddies enjoy a last minute paddle in the last of the evening light, and the clouds began to arrive making the sky much more interesting to photograph.

Blue Hour - ISO800, F3.2, 1/1000sec
Blue Hour – ISO800, F3.2, 1/1000sec

The evenings are getting earlier… and the mornings are getting later – I am beginning to realise that this is the time of year I enjoy photographing in the Golden and Blue Hours… as they are now more sociable times!

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