I got this wild hair and this was the week-end, all of the elements were in place: hot and dry, full moon, wheat field nearing harvest.
I have read all of the books that talk about the golden hour and although I have no reason to doubt anyone, I wanted to see for myself, so I put together my own little mini-project. I found a wheat field out in the open that was close to home.
I even defined mini rules for myself. I wanted roughly the exact same image at four different times in a 24 hour period:
- When the full moon was at it's highest in the sky
- When the sun was at it's highest mid-day
And most importantly, I need to shout out a huge thank you to my partner Karen who has humored me all week-end with photo shoots at all hours of the day. Thank you Karen, from the bottom of my heart. You inspire, encourage and support me, I can't ask for anymore than that.
Lit by the full moon
I picked out this field earlier in the week, easy access and close to home but I didn't really scout out the location. Arriving at midnight with just the light of the moon (where was my flashlight, you ask?) was a bit of a challenge, but I had enough moonlight to set up the tripod.
It occurred to me that only an insane photographer would go out in the middle of the night into the middle of a field just to get "the shot."
I used the bulb setting and since I didn't have a timer of any sort, with every click of the shutter I counted to 100 or more. The hardest part of the whole thing was trying to manually focus. My car was parked on the other side of the highway, so I had Karen turn on the high beams and they just hit the top bar of the first wheel.
Sunrise or shortly there after
Three hours of sleep and we were back up so that we could capture sunrise at the wheat field. I was there about 30 minutes early and really wasn't that impressed. The lighting was pretty darn flat, the skies were faded to a not so nice gray.
I watched as the sun came over the horizon and I still wasn't that impressed. I waited around and was walking back to the car about 20 minutes after official sunrise when I turned around and saw this.
I scrambled back to my spot, set up and watched as the sun gave me those famous golden moments. If I had left the minute the sun rose, I would have missed this. A little patience definitely paid off.
Under the mid-day sun
This one took the most tweaking in Lightroom, but I do think that full sun gets a bit of a bum rap. It didn't take too long to set up and get my image.
Sunset, the last light of dayI was disappointed at sunset. I thought I had time to stop for gas, but I didn't. This was the only image I captured as the light began to fade fast with 15 minutes to go before actual sunset.
I hung around hoping to somehow redeem my sunset image, but it never worked, at least not with the parameters that I had set for myself.
Yup, lessons learned.