Improve your landscape shots with the golden hour

The best time to take landscapes is in the Golden hour, 1 hour before and after sunrise or sunset as the light is diffused and you get the possibility of some amazing colours.

  • Get to your location 1 hour before you need to so that you can set up and a pick your frame
  • Bring a torch, you will either be arriving or leaving in the dark
  • Times http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=136
  • Find out whether your location would look better at sunrise or sunset. The above picture of Schiehallion was taken at sunrise as at sunset the mountain isn’t lit with light
  • Use an ND grad and / or a polariser (I talk about these in my last post)
  • Slightly underexpose to get deeper colours
  • Use a long exposure

The above shot was taken at Loch Rannoch in Scotland and the mountain in the back is Schiehallion or Fairy Hill

http://landofthefae.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/schiehallion-fairy-hill-of-caledonians.html

I got up at 5am to photograph the sunrise and it was amazing and I felt energised all day. I met a photographer on the way back from my spot and she said it was a beautiful morning, I thought, if you think this is good you should have seen it an hour ago! 😉

Hope you have a great weekend of stunning sunsets and sunrises, if you have any questions or comments please let me know. What was your favourite sunrise or sunset?

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Volkswagen the dark side / street photography

I had a meeting in the city centre today, so I decided to do some street photography using my new iPhone 4s as I hadn’t used the camera on it yet and I plan to use it for ‘behind the scene’ shots and video for future shoots.

At first I didn’t think my street photography session had gone that well and I was heading back home when I came across a Greenpeace stand and started speaking to one of the activists. She told me that they were campaigning against Volkswagen as they are not doing anything to reduce the carbon emissions on their vehicles.

Once I got home I looked up their campaign website and it was inspiring. Why? …well they have hijacked Volkswagens existing Star Wars themed advert in a very subtle way. What also struck me was the way they engaged their audience through stills and video in and entertaining way, however, managed to get across a serious message. This made me think about ways I could do this in my personal projects.

See the video here http://www.vwdarkside.com/en

So on reflection, it was a successful street photography session as I was inspired and educated. As for how good the iPhone 4s was… I think I will leave that for another post.

May the force be with you…except for Volkswagen! (Well until you get your minds into gear around carbon emissions)