Here is my submission for Raj’s Golden Hour lesson. I travelled with my camera all week to take some new pictures but the sun comes up and is sheltered by the clouds so I dug through my archives for these…
Let’s start with this one. I would really appreciate your feedback on it. When I took it, I could not resist the bokeh in the background. (Could you?)This old tree stump has a bit of a hollow in it that I fill up with bird seed. The bokeh effect is from the sunset seeping through the pine trees that line my yard. At ISO 3200, it is extremely noisy. I did what I could in post to tone it down without leaching too much detail from the bird. But I don’t think it was enough. I think this would have been one of those moments where I could have “taken advantage of fill flash.” But I am also reluctant to use a flash on birds without a large diffuser. And I am still having an internal debate whether I would do that either. I deemed it “too noisy to post” but couldn’t resist putting it in here. At this size, it might not appear all that bad? Do creative efforts trump technical correctness?
Here’s a better one.
I love the colours in this one (the word saturated comes to mind). I also really appreciate that with the sun going down, there aren’t any bright white highlights on the water. And even though this was shot at ISO 1600, it was well exposed and the noise was a lot more manageable.
And lastly this one. We had already been on that lake for a few hours, but it wasn’t until the sun was going down that I noticed the colors in the reeds and the trees.
It was a lot of fun going through some pictures this last week. Thanks Raj for the opportunity. And thanks to all of the contributors too. I have learned a lot from all of you.