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Landscape photography outside the golden hour a waste of time?

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Bazarchie, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Most of the guidance suggests this is the case.

    While I agree that the best photos tend to support this, I think you can still get some decent photos at other times if the light is decent eg after a storm. In the last month we have have been on holiday in Devon and the Peak District and most days were grey, so landscape photography was not attempted.

    I also used a polarising filter, something that has been in my bag all the time but not used for years. I quite liked the results. Mojo is returning.
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  2. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

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  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Well, I’m not getting up at that time of day, so I’ll settle for landscape pictures taken at other times.
  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I think many landscape photos have more impact for me in non-golden hour. In the mist, in the rain, when it is gloomy or even in high sunshine, depending on the venue. It's whatever you find attractive, not the eye-candy demanded by those with no inclination to appreciate the atmosphere of a view as well as the content.
  5. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    As far as I'm concerned it's a case of 'work with what you're given'. If you expect perfect 'calendar lighting/ golden hour conditions' for every shot you'll very quickly go home and moan about the weather/ lighting etc.

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  6. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I wish people would explain what constitutes "the best photos". :p
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  7. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Obviously the ones created by themselves.
  8. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Some great shots. I wonder how many prints he sells at those prices.
  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    No more than the number in each limited edition!
  10. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Of course not - and be careful or I will bore you rigid by posting some mid-day shots that really please me
  11. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Thanks Roger, pleased I am not the only one.
  12. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

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  13. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    Thanks that makes me feel much better.

    Any tips on avoiding flat light?
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Take advantage of it. Woods are good.
  15. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

    Well that time of day is very variable with time of year and location
  16. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

  17. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    As said, go to places where it doesn't matter. Woods create their own light and shade contrasts.

    These couldn't be shot in anything but flat, dull, light, because of background burnout in other conditions:

    [​IMG]Wheel 1 mono by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bridge 2 mono by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
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  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    So is my not getting up, in fact , my not getting up pretty well tracks the time I’d need to get up to take those first golden hour photos by about 2.5 hours.
  19. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Taken close to mid-day on a wet day in September, using an ND graduated filter, after waiting in the rain for the light to change (my wife was very patient).

    I bet this place would have been crowded during the 'golden hour'.

    Between showers (1).jpg
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  20. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Why? It is the cloud that makes the picture.

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