Monday, June 8, 2020

The Fourth Picture

The first picture was good, but the fourth picture was better ;-).  Less distracting sunburst and better composition.

Evening light is my favorite.  Evening in general is my favorite.  Everything seems to take a deep breath and slowly exhale.  Some days it's the nice end to a good day.  Some days it's just a we made it to the end.  One of the few good parts of summer is the soft evening light after a long, too bright day.  

The trick to these pictures is waiting until the sunlight is perfect.  Or happening to notice the sun is perfect and grabbing your camera and running out.  It doesn't stay perfect for long.  The Golden Hour doesn't last quite an hour I've found.

Once the sunlight is perfect, you still need to work a bit.  It helps to filter the bright light through some trees.  Move around and watch how your camera reacts.  If it's too blown out, change your angle just a little.  Too dark?  Again, move around, put the sun behind a bigger tree...

If you want to get more technical, read up on metering so you'll better understand how your camera is thinking.  I also set my white balance to cloudy.  White balance and exposure compensation are two very basic camera tools everyone should learn to use.  Read your manual or look online.

The always photogenic Count Chocula.

This is too sunset-y, but I like the composition.  Daniel, Liddy, Kaala.

Muuufin :-)

This is Baaxter with the sun shining from the side...

...and now shining from behind.  I like the little bit more definition of the first picture, but the soft light of the second picture.  The background of the second picture is more interesting as well.

And this was my favorite picture of the evening.  Kaala with the light balanced just right behind the filtering trees.  It's also a new puzzle :-).


Shirley said...

Lovely light..... we have the Golden minutes here, gotta be quick with the camera!
I have terrible backgrounds for my photos- the one direction towards the pond that I used to use my landlord brother in law decided to park derelict vehicles there. Then there is the large compost piles of grass clippings that out neighbour stockpiles and everywhere else it is houses or outbuildings or scrap piles that our friend who has a scrap business stockpiles here.

wyomingheart said...

Awesome photos! There certainly is a peaceful touch to the evenings, and yes, one can almost hear the earth whisper...aaahhhh! Thanks for capturing a moment of serenity for us. Great post!

Amanda said...

Was looking at this and what should come on my CD but "Sheep May Safely Graze." Sometimes the universe just works.

tpals said...

After admiring all the photography my next thought was 'those are some well-fed sheep'. :)

Laura L. said...

I love them all. :) Exposure compensation, yuck. I hate reading up on things I don't know when it comes to the camera.

sophy0075 said...

They all look lovely. All performing the magic of turning grass into wool!

Terry and Linda said...

Very nicely done. I like Early Morning and late evening. You are so right...when the light is RIGHT it doesn't last long.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You are having fun in the golden hour. WE don't get an hour either. :0


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