The Golden Hour: when the light turns a beautiful golden colour.
Like Wednesday night on Lake Ontario, while sailing:
Apart from the fact that I used the right lens (35mm on a full frame camera) and the right time of day (the “golden hour” is around sunset), you may want to notice a few things here.
- First, the composition. Rule of thirds left-right, but symmetrical up-down, because of the reflection in the water, and the boat on the left.
- Second, I used fill flash, or the boat I was on would have been black.
- Third, as explained in yesterday’s post, I underexposed the background – or rather, I exposed it correctly to get the correct saturated colours.
- Fourth, and very importantly: I waited for exactly the right moment. The Decisive Moment, in Cartier-Bresson’s words. The sail is exactly in the middle of the setting sun.
A photo turns from a snapshot into a photograph when you apply a little thought.