What is the best time to photograph the landscape? The magic hour of course! The magic hour is a half hour before and after the sun rises, and a half hour before and after the sun sets. I’m guessing most of you already knew that, but what is better, morning or evening?
The magic hour in the morning is the best! Evening light is great and both magic hours possess the best quality, direction, and color of light available for shooting the landscape. The quality of light is soft and warm, the direction is pleasing and will help define and give depth to your subjects.
So why is morning light better? As the sun heats up the air, the air will hold more moisture. Makes sense right? More moisture, equals more dust and other particles in the air. Therefore the best magic hour is in the morning when the air is the coolest, and there are less atmospheric obstructions. To take this a step further, the best light, meaning that there will be the least amount of atmospheric obstructions, will occur on a cold winter morning. The colder the temp the more clear the air will be.
Now that you know this, will you get up early to see the sun rise?
This weeks post image was taken a few minutes before sunrise. The sun provided the color to the otherwise dull clouds as the moon was still up and shining bright.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 16-35mm at 16mm f11 @ 3.2 sec ISO 320