You won’t have been a photographer for very long before you hear of the term the golden hour. It’s a great time to shoot outside as the light is usually really nice then. I appreciate that light, but honestly, sometimes I take photographs in whatever the conditions are because that’s when I could be there.
I was visiting Omaha Beach nowhere near the golden hour. The light was flat and hazy, usually a bad thing, but in this case a bit magical:
I love that the light was illuminating just one part of this Les Braves Memorial. The version you see above is an HDR image. It was created using three exposures, here is one of the original exposures:
One of the things combining the exposures did was combine the waves, which I like. You can also see that while I was editing I removed the fence. I used the spot healing brush tool in Photoshop to do that.
Further along the beach, I took this photo with my iPhone that I then posted to Instagram:
That photo is not edited, I think the natural light in it was perfect and skipped putting a filter on. My husband had brought along photos of the landing at Omaha and we lined up that classic image shot by Robert Capa with the approximate place on the beach. My husband had brought along several resources for us to look at while we exploring the beaches, which made our visit that much more moving.
Have you ever been out shooting in “bad” light only to find out that it was perfect? Do you like the HDR version or does the original memorial shot appeal to you more? Feel free to leave a comment below.
This post was added to Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge.