In photography, there is often a lot said about the golden hour, including the fact that there are two of them. Like a lot of the rules of photography, you get some great results by paying attention, it is a fabulous time for natural light to infuse your photography.
Very nice, but my life often doesn’t work that way. I have to make do with the light I have at the time. As a result, I’m almost always thinking about lighting and working with what I have to make a nice photograph. Here is a nice bit of light I found and exploited:
To me, this photo is all about the soft glow of red and orange tones. Here is the scene as I originally saw and shot it:
When I was taking this photo, I wanted to get as much of the scene as possible, so that included sky and surrounding trees, even though I thought I might be cropping later. When I went to edit the photo, I added an orange tinted filter and also boosted the orange and red tones in the photo, their saturation and luminance.
As far as cropping went, I used another rule of photography, and that is the rule of thirds. Here is a screen shot with the rule of thirds grid applied to the photo as I was cropping:
What I was thinking was that the docked boats were the point of interest and most prominent part of the orange tones. It was the way the light was illuminating the interior of the boats that made me take a photo in the first place. I have placed them at one of the grid intersections. This size crop also allows for the curve of the bridge and the people on it to be standing in a spot where your eye is likely to rest. These are things that strengthen the composition of this image.
What do you think, do you like my interpretation of the light and the crop of this image? Your comments are welcome below.