Each and every day we have another golden opportunity. As the sun rises above the horizon, the golden rays cut across the sky, chasing away the mists and shadows of dawn. It is affectionately called “The Golden Hour” by photographers and artists. It is that time of day where gold-medal winning shots can be captured.But it is called “The Golden Hour” not only because of the golden rays, but because it is only a short window of time; an “hour”, more or less. So don’t miss it. Wake yourself... continue reading
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When you are on the road for whatever reason, if somebody tells you that you need to get up early to catch the golden hour lighting, your first reaction probably will be no way. However, as difficult as it sounds, I find it very rewarding to get up early either to shoot the sunrise, or just to shoot whatever objects in the soft morning light.One example is when I was on a business trip to San Francisco. Coming from the east coast, I knew I would have suffered from 3-hour jet lag. So, instead... continue reading
Hendrk has a lovely article on the blue hour reflections with beautiful photographs.A recent trip to a seaside resort on Batam Island, Indonesia gave me a chance to take some photographs during the times of the day he mentioned.It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived. Luckily, it cleared by late afternoon and we had a lovely evening. Armed with my camera, I wandered around the resort recording the beautiful scenery. Jetty in the blue light JettyThe next morning, I woke... continue reading
The blue hour occurs twice every day, just before sunrise and after sunset, but despite its regularity it provides almost magical opportunities for photography. Do you lack colors in your photos? Would you appreciate more mystical atmosphere in your frames? And would you treasure seeing your town from a unique perspective, which you would never have noticed at noon? Then the blue hour offers two unique, "once in a lifetime-like", chances every single day.This spring I have experimented with taking... continue reading
Shooting sunsets and sunrises is indeed rewarding not only as a photographer but it also touches you on a more personal level. With each and every passing minutes skies take on a different shade of color as setting sunlight passes through clouds.I am by no means an expert, but what I found useful is to go to the same place again and again and each time there would be different scene to capture. Also plan ahead before your trip so that you will have plenty of time to scout the surrounding and set... continue reading
The "blue hour" of the day is a beautiful time for shooting cityscapes. The sky has a deep blue shade and the lights in the city are just coming on. It brings out an amazing contrast of colours in an image. This is an image of the Alberta Legislature building that I shot in the summer of 2014, during the evening blue hour. Here are some tips for shooting photographs at the blue hour.1. Finding the blue hour time: Technically there are two blue hours, one before sunrise and one after sunset.... continue reading
Dramatic back-lighting from the sun and the golden flares that flood your viewfinder can give you an incredible image. Not only that, the mood of your photo is vastly different from portraits, there’s a warm, feminine feel to this, and your artistic flexibility is truly unlimited.I like to get these shots late in the afternoon, I generally use a wide aperature which creates a great buttery bokeh on the background. It’s also a good idea to have only part of the sun viewable and keep the majority... continue reading
I am happy to finally report that with these two approvals todayI have passed the 50 images mark. In fact, my humble little DT portfolio now has 51 images, as of this posting! I am at least as gleeful as my progress has been SLOWWWWWW, lol!Now here's hoping I've learned enough to reach my first 100 so much faster! Cheers to you all on your journeys - I'll toast you with a glass of pretty pink wine at happy hour tonight! continue reading
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