…morning light is magic…

Changing Light – Get There Early!

What a difference 50 minutes can make for morning light.  I always encourage everyone to shoot around sunrise or sunset to get the best light for wildlife photos.  Here is an example of how quickly light can change early in the morning.  The first shot, taken at 7:30 a.m., shows the golden light that you can get around sunrise.  The second shot is of the same Great Blue Heron only 50 minutes later.  Which one do you like better?  My preference is the first one.  In order to get a more pleasing shot on the second one, I moved to my left to get more of the sun in the background so that it would be a silhouette shot.  Reduced the exposure compensation by -1 stop and got the last picture.

The lighting in your photo’s can make all the difference.  So get out and shoot early or stay until sunset and take advantage of the good light while it lasts.

7:30 a.m. around sunrise

8:20 a.m., 50 minutes after the first shot

Just after second shot

6 responses

  1. George McBroom


    I agree with you, the first with low light is better to me also……very nice to the eye.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  2. I miss those early mornings at Bolivar………cant wait to get back down there. Great lesson……………

    April 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  3. Patti Edens


    Wow! It really is all about the light. That first shot is just magical.

    But, I love how you were able to make such a wonderful photo even when the light was no longer that golden color. Thanks so much for that tip!

    April 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

  4. Thanks George. I’m a big fan of golden light.

    April 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

  5. Thanks Sheldon. I’m having Bolivar withdrawls big time…

    April 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

  6. Thanks Patti. Much appreciated. It’s all about the light…

    April 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

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