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Saturday, July 21, 2012

31 Days of Photo Fun: Day 21... Idea: Play With Different Times of Day


Day 21 of our Month of Photo Fun, and this day's got an idea for you. Today I want you to experiment with the light during the different hours of the day. You might be surprised at what you find.

Back on Day 10, we considered the time of day with respect to our kids' napping and eating schedules, and overall cooperation with our photo taking. But today let's consider the time of day with respect to how the angle and placement of the sun in the sky can change one location and therefore our images in very dramatic ways.

To show you this, I've collected a handful of images from the same location, each shot at different times of the day.

The first image was shot rather early in the morning. I don't think it was later than 9:30 am, and it was in late autumn, so the sun was lower in the sky. Morning sun is fantastic to create cooler light, almost more bluish in tint. With the green ivy and the blue and red in the family's outfits, the cool light was gorgeous.


Same situation here. Mid morning light, in late autumn brought us cooler light which really brought out the colors here.


But sometimes we don't have the option to shoot early in the morning. Because sometimes our kids don't cooperate (darn that Day 10 tip!) and we have to just go with it. Here, I wasn't able to steal my sister-in-law, Dani, away until close to noon, and so we had to make the best of a not so great situation. Shooting mid-day creates very harsh sun, and can put less than stellar shadows on your subjects faces, or have them squinting. That's why open shade is so important. I was able to get Dani in a shaded spot, but you can see that the colors behind her are more washed out. As well, can you see that the cool morning light is now a bit less "blue"? Thankfully, I have a sister-in-law who can shoot in the harshest of conditions, in the worst light, and still look gorgeous!


Same spot, different beautiful lady, and different time of day. This shot was taken close to 8pm on a warm summer evening. Can you see the warmth in the light on her skin and on the stones? All that cool blue light has gone, and we now have gorgeous warm oranges and reds in the light. I love evening light.


And a few shots from the other side of that wall, this shot a little closer to morning...


... this shot around 6pm...


... and this shot after 8pm, right before the sun fully set.


Wow, what a difference the time of day can make! Go see for yourself. Find a spot outside your home and photograph it at different times of the day. See the difference for yourself. Then you can decide which spots are more suitable to cool and pretty morning light, and which work best in warm and wonderful evening light.

Have fun and let me know what you discover!


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