The phrase goes Early Bird gets the worm, and for landscape photography that is true. There are many advantages to getting out early; lack of people, fantastic light which is ever changing the landscape and the world feels as if it is thawing as the light turns from blue to a golden glow. For many getting up early and out to take photos before our lives have to kick in can be a problem. Most mornings I am on a tram with my face in someone’s armpit and take most of my pictures during golden hour in the afternoon/ evening.
With Lightroom and Photoshop you can adjust an image to make it seem as if it was taken early in the morning around blue hour. The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. During the blue “hour” (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere and therefore reaches the earth’s surface. (source Wikipedia)
I used a combination of White balance, Curves and Camera Calibration to mix together a blueish tone. The picture was taken in the shade of a tree which defused the light giving it a more blur hour lighting effect, there are still some strong shadows though.
I think it is a good interpretation of the the early morning cold light.
Would you have known that this wasn’t a true Early Bird shot, also do you like my interpretation of this week’s theme? Let me know in the comment box below, or you can just say hi if you like.
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