Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Oct 3, 2010, 9:10 AM   #1
Senior Member
mtngal's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,108
Default Changing Light-Afternoon to Evening

Last set of my Oceanside pictures. This is a series of pictures that is about the light changing from late afternoon into evening.

Here's a picture that was taken when the light was starting to get lower in the sky, creating very nice side-lighting, with a pleasant tone and some softness to it. The other thing I like is all the reflections - the people are reflected in the water and the light is reflected off of the water onto the people:

Later, the sun getting low in the sky:

I actually like this other picture better overall than the one I posted here, but the one posted shows more about the light with the bit of direct light on the wave, while this one is just sand and silhouette: http://mtngal.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v9/p216842512-5.jpg .

A little later, the light changing faster now:

The last one I think is more a sunset picture than a golden hour picture. But I'm no expert on what the difference is.

The sun very low on the horizon, definitely sunset. More reds coming into play.

The last of the sun:

And now gone.

This sunset wasn't remarkable, the last time we were here the sunset was much more colorful. But it was a good one for watching the change in the nature/color of the light.

Well after the sun has gone, there's still light around - instead of the golden hour, I think of this as the blue minutes (a picture of Ruby's Diner, where we ate an early dinner so I could take these pictures):

Compare the picture above to one I took a little later, when almost all of the light was gone:

Artificial Light Remaining:

I'm glad for the golden hour challenge topic this month as it got me to think about the nature of sunlight more than I have in the past. It was really educational to take these pictures and really watch the changing light, rather than just snapping away at anything that caught my eye as the sunset progressed.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Oct 3, 2010, 10:26 AM   #2
Senior Member
Goldwinger's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winter Haven, Florida
Posts: 6,515

I really enjoyed this series, Harriet!
Very nicely done.

Life's a breeze on a Goldwing...
Goldwinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 3, 2010, 1:56 PM   #3
Senior Member
Frogfish's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Shanghai, China
Posts: 2,774

I particularly liked the (beach) shot just after the sun had set and the 'blue minutes' shot of Ruby's Diner.
Pentax : 15 Ltd, 77 Ltd, 43/1.9 Ltd, Cosina 55/1.2, DA*300/4, Contax Zeiss Distagon 28/2.8, Raynox 150/250, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.

Nikon : D800, D600, Sigma 500/4.5, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 - 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 - 35/2.0, Nikkor 85/1.8G, Sigma 50/1.4. Nikon x1.4 TC, Sigma x2.0 TC
Frogfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 2010, 11:21 AM   #4
Senior Member
Tullio's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 7,370

Very nice! I particularly like the shot of the three kids at play. The orange glow and their motions make it a very appealing photo.

Tullio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 2010, 11:37 AM   #5
Super Moderator
Hards80's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046

this is a very nice set Harriet. there were some really strong photos here. great time of day for shooting.
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 2010, 11:48 AM   #6
Senior Member
NMRecording's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Eastern Appalachains
Posts: 866

beautiful series of photos, Harriet. You have a great way of utilizing your lighting to create some stunning shots no matter what time of day. No. 5 is my favorite
NMRecording is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 2010, 11:59 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Mount Shasta, California
Posts: 1,525

The silhouette of the kids playing is a classic. Nice shooting.

Last edited by pboerger; Oct 4, 2010 at 6:56 PM.
pboerger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 2010, 12:21 PM   #8
Senior Member
Eetu's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Posts: 2,212

Dittos to the above. Thanks, Harriet
Eetu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 2010, 3:40 PM   #9
Senior Member
mtngal's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,108

Thanks for the compliments! I thought this series were overall the best pictures I took over the weekend (though some of the surfing pictures were my best surfing/sport type pictures ever).

It was a good weekend for me, a wonderful time for photography. I found that I was more focused on how to use light than usual, thanks to spending the month thinking about this month's challenge and how to exploit that light. It was a time of discovery, too. I highly recommend doing something like this, where you really watch the changing light, looking around for ways to use it creatively. It certainly helps to be at a great location, like the beach, but just about any place other than in a mountain valley would work. I know from long experience, that having mountains to your east and west blocking most of that wonderful light, makes things much more difficult.
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 5, 2010, 9:05 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: East Central Vermont
Posts: 1,890

Another excellent series harriet! At first I thought #3 was my favorite, due to both the wonderful light and the unbridled joy of the children. But then I thought #7 offers such a serene mood, perhaps that's my favorite. Then I thought the lights and reflections in #9 are really nice, so maybe that's my favorite......

Since I can't pick a favorite, let me just say they're all great -- this is a very nice series.
mtnman is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:48 PM.