All photographers are familiar with the concept of shooting in the magic hours. Sunrise and the early morning hours/the late afternoon and sunset hours. At these times the light can be remarkable and many times, its at these hours when I’m out and about.
On other days, when I can, I take the entire day to shoot. Sometimes this means shooting for a few hours, then taking a break to go have lunch and kill some time before the light improves. At other times it means making the light I have work for me.
I spent the day at Eastern Neck Island here on the eastern shore this past week. The temperature was great, so I happily wandered down trails through good light and bad. It was overcast for much of the day, but this means less harsh light. I find that shooting when I can, experimenting with angles and options and subjects is good practice for my overall skillset. Also, its fun.
At midday, the light didn’t do much for the landscape in a ‘big picture’ way, but it did create some nice ‘tiny landscape’ opportunities.
I just so happened to have some amusing props in my camera bag (ok, so a friend suggested I use them to kill some time during the day), so I also…
Since it was so nice out, there were a lot of people out on the trails. I hope I provided some entertainment crawling around in the dirt with my raptors.
I shot simply to capture some of the mood of walking around in pre-spring foliage:
I lucked out with some cloud and sun play:
You can make out the faintest hint of color from a “sunbow” in an arch around the sun.
After a while, the skies cleared and the light changed into, well, perfection.
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