Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Golden Hour Photography

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Despite what my laptop memory and external hard drive memory say, I definitely want to take more photographs this year. With so many settings, custom and auto, often I only just have the opportunity to point and shoot, with little time to twiddle dials and figure out aperture.

I have been thinking about the 'Golden Hour' lately and this year I plan on getting some wonderful shots of my three children in the late afternoon/early evening Summer sunshine. We have a while to go yet. Currently it is Winter and we have limited daylight hours and even then the light may be dulled by heavy cloud. Thank goodness for light rings. Although they have their uses, they just aren't as good as natural light.

...in photography, the golden hour is the period of time just after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky... Wikipedia

 Panasonic have released a new compact camera which is ideal for shooting in low-light environments. The video below was captured using the Lumix GH5S by filmmaker Ali Kubba and shows off the intensity of the fire and sparks resulting from the steel wool spinning. If I didn't know that the footage was shot on a compact system camera, I would have assumed it to be a complete set up of professional cameras. Given that it is targeted towards videographers, it does make me want to press 'record' on my camera more often.

Below is one of my photos taken from golden hour last summer. As you can see from the shadows of the nearby tables and chairs the Sun was getting lower and lower and my friend and I couldn't resist getting our cameras out. The Paradise Punch cocktail was lit up by the light shining through the orange juice and the grenadine. I loved that cocktail as it reminded me of a sunset, but sadly the drink has been discontinued which is a great shame!

Fingers crossed I will be able to show you some golden hour photography later on in the year. That is if I can read the complete camera instruction manual!

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