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Last light of the sun

April 27, 2011 10:00 am HKT Leave a comment Go to comments

20110427 Last light of the sun

I always find myself running out of time when shooting landscape photos. It is time consuming waiting for the perfect sunlight and it takes extra effort to take magic hour photos to get the best results. The fact is if you are on a trip in a foreign country, it seems that so many things are there for you to capture, you might worry about missing something along the way. So you end up busily taking pictures on the road but forget about the whole magic hour.

I find it really crucial to remind myself to get ready for the magic hour before it is too late, which means sparing at least 30 to 45 minutes for my magic hour shots. This is because something interesting may come up at the site, which can make beautiful pictures with the magic hour scene.

20110427 Last light of the sun (Final Image)

20110427 Last light of the sun(Trial Photo) - 1

I found this restaurant by chance when I was getting ready for my magic hour landscape shots. As you can imagine, I decided in an instant to shoot the restaurant at the magic hour instead. I tried to capture the contrast between the surreal blue coming from the landscape and skyline background and the warm candle light for that matter. I tried to figure out the best composition for the shot before the sky got too dark to be shot. What you can see here is the result I got (the final image). After the magic hour was gone, you can only shoot photos like the trial photo shown here.

Anyway, it would look better if the sky is a bit brighter. Sometimes it is useful to let the flash help out. I found seaside restaurant the next day but I missed the magic hour. The sky got too dark but I still wanted to make a try. I put my V5-flash at the right to light up the tables (as shown in reference photo 2), yet the sky was too dark so the result was not that good.

20110427 Last light of the sun (Reference Photo) - 1

20110427 Last light of the sun (Reference Photo)_Cactus v5 - 2

Equipment Setup

Final image Trial photo Reference photo 1 Reference photo 2
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1
Flash Cactus KF 36 Manual Flash 1
Flash Transceiver Cactus V5 Wireless Flash Transceiver Duo 1
Light Stand Light Stand 1
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