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.
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.
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!
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.
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!