Photography is fun and challenging all at the same time, especially when it comes to chasing the sun. It doesn’t wait for anyone, for obvious reasons, and it tests every photographer’s mettle with each tick of the clock.
My recent visit to a local historic site called Starr’s Mill was a prime example of chasing the sun. The visit was made all the more challenging because I wanted to shoot some long exposure photography. A fast setting sun combined with timed exposures meant I had to be quick with my compositions and getting the camera settings just right.
It is very easy to see the progression of the setting sun just by the overall color of the images, moving from a warm golden hue to a much cooler blue. I wasn’t about to let the diminishing light stop me and, since I was shooting with long exposures, it gave me to opportunity to see what I could pull off with the light I had available. After pulling the images in to Capture One, I was very pleased.
The key to successful photography is making the best of the light you have available. There will be many situations where you cannot add your own light sources and you have to rely on Mother Nature. She’s not always easy to get along with, but you learn to deal it and rely on your own creativity to capture the perfect shot.