Just driving up the driveway, I knew it was going to be a great place for a Photography Field Day!
The day before a workshop is very important. It’s when all the decisions have to be made about where we’ll be going and what we’ll be doing when. And so preparations began as soon as I arrived on location.
Come golden hour, my appreciation for the location only increased!
It was going to be the perfect spot to do what we do on a Field Day. Learn to shoot in Manual in the morning, learn how to approach a scene artistically in the afternoon, and then put everything together for perfect pictures in epic light at the end of the day. After scouting the whole area, I was really looking forward to the next day.
And the next day came! We learned how to shoot simple scenes in Full Manual and not rely at all on the automatic settings for correct exposure.
And we learned how to approach scenes in an artistic way.
We discovered the impact aperture can have on our photos.
How to get sharp photos of fast-moving objects.
And even some tips relating to portraiture surrounding our group photo!
And then it was time for golden hour! The opportunity to pull it all together!
And there was no golden hour. Clouds moved in. And the golden hour I was looking for didn’t arrive. Sadness!
But you can’t let things like that discourage you! We were still going to find epic pictures. So we packed up and drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. From up there, we could take advantage of every minute of light until the very moment the sun disappeared behind the horizon.
And the sun did peak out more than I expected! It gave us the time to shoot at least a few photos in the golden light we were looking for.
And there was even somewhat of a sunset! Just enough cloudless space above the horizon that you could watch the red orb drop into it’s resting place for the night.
And even then, that didn’t mean we had to stop taking pictures.
No, we didn’t get the golden hour I was looking for that second evening during Shenandoah in the Summer, but I’m grateful there was a sunset that night and that I had at least decided to pull out my camera for golden hour the evening before.
Countryside outside Montvale, Virginia
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