Does the Golden Hours pull you out of the house to shoot?
The golden hours are great for taking pictures. In this late afternoon we were in the area of Corea, Maine in the Acadia National Park. Corea is located in Hancock County about 7 miles from the entrance of the Schoodic Peninsula.
In Prospect Harbor, near Corea, there are dozens of photos opportunities. Lobster boats can be seen everywhere and lobster traps are piled and aligned with precision. Since the tide get up to 20 feet in height the platforms needed to store the traps and load and unload the boats are on high heels.
On our visit to Prospect Harbor in late October, Sailors met on site where really friendly and curious seeing a group of peoples, with tripods taking pictures of the surrounding areas. I explained that we were on a training trying to improve our techniques when taking pictures.
The opportunities offered by the boats, dock, traps were limitless. I could have spent multiples hours in Prospect harbor.
In this picture I made multiple decisions regarding the composition:
- My subject, the boat house with Lobster traps is located in the lower right third of the frame;
- The dock is aligned with the lower third of the frame;
- I kept the cloud cover that is somewhat dramatic;
- In post-processing I crop to a square ratio that provide additional interests;
- A little touch of Clarity, Virbrance and Saturation was all what was needed.
Late afternoon and early morning are called golden hours for good reasons. Light from the sun is at a low angle, the light is usually warmer and the yellow tint it gives to everything is great. The low angle of the light has other advantages. The shades created by the low angle of the sun are longer and in turn this adds depth and structure to the scene. Usually there is less humidity in the air compared to high noon sun.
This picture has been taken here: 44°23’59” N 67°58’7″ W with a Canon 5D3, 43mm on a 24-70mm F2.8L at f5 and 1/200 sec.
I am planning to return next year in this area. There is so much to see and seafood is great!
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