Photography Challenge - The Golden Hour

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A big thanks to everyone who joined in with the selective color photography challenge last month.

So for this month I thought we could try a golden hour challenge.

If you would like some tips on golden hour photography then this article will point you in the right direction:
https://digital-photography-school.com/how-photograph-golden-hour/

And you can also find some inspiration over on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/goldenhour/

This is not a competition so there will be no winners announced, it's purely for fun and self-development.

Simple Rules:
  • Sony cameras only please
  • No sky replacements, keep it real
  • Please don't post more than 3 separate posts, multiple images may be included in a single post
Have fun!
 

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The term Golden Hour evokes an almost emotional response from me as I remember living in California for 5 years. Sadly I wasn't equipped with a camera back then, but when I got my a6000 a few years ago, I did take one trip. Here are a few from Santa Monica at Golden Hour:
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EDIT: There was also this one I took of my wife, but as it turns out, after using the camera for only 2 months at the time I didn't yet grasp the concept of blown-out highlights 😅

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The term Golden Hour evokes an almost emotional response from me as I remember living in California for 5 years. Sadly I wasn't equipped with a camera back then, but when I got my a6000 a few years ago, I did take one trip. Here are a few from Santa Monica at Golden Hour:
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EDIT: There was also this one I took of my wife, but as it turns out, after using the camera for only 2 months at the time I didn't yet grasp the concept of blown-out highlights 😅

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I didn't yet grasp the concept of blown-out highlights 😅" I got a real chuckle out of this, because I am finding a boatload of things that I have yet to grasp the concepts for. I'm into photography about about 10 months and I continue to be shocked at what I don't know.
 

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I didn't yet grasp the concept of blown-out highlights 😅" I got a real chuckle out of this, because I am finding a boatload of things that I have yet to grasp the concepts for. I'm into photography about about 10 months and I continue to be shocked at what I don't know.
Actually, on second thought, it was still a good photo as I exposed correctly for the most important part: my subject. Yes the sky is blown out, but in the long term, if I look back on that day and that picture, capturing her correctly was more important than the sunset behind her.
I am still struggling with this dilemma when I photograph someone in mixed lighting (or bright backlit) conditions. Still learning!
 

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I am quite surprised with how much detail you could recover in the "shadows" when facing right into the sun. Very nice!
You would be even more amazed if I did tried to pull shadows (Wich I didn’t because I wanted to keep the contour effect), sadly I already deleted the RAW so I could not demo the potential of that M4 sensor.
It still drops my jaw when am am about to finish editing and do the final export I frequently do the before/after sliding curtain. M4 tops A1 in this regard.

EDIT: I rescued one of the RAWs to illustrate
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