What time do YOU like to shoot?

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    So what time do you prefer to shoot outside? Just wondering the best times to take pics. I'm guessing around sunrise and sunset would be the most "dramatic" times for pics.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_hour_(photography)

    "Golden Hour" is great for a number of different reasons beyond the dramatic. It gives the light direction in a manner that doesn't cause things like a severe shading of eyes and such.

    Me, I prefer to shoot landscapes in the mornings. Get up at 5, out the door by 5:20. Enough time to set up the camera where I'll be shooting and kick back and drink coffee, all by myself. When you have a 3 year old, the latter is really the most important part. :)
     
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    thanks. that explained a lot. funny how the atmosphere acts as a diffuser.
     
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    Cloudy days are a way of God saying 'here, have a big soft box' too.
     
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    Before 8 am, unless very overcast. The Texas sun will kill your shot in midday.
     
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    I could never get up that early in the morning, so I'd go for sunset rather than sunrise. ;) Generally, however, I prefer overcast days - controlling exposure seems so much easier then, and you don't really have to worry about unwanted shadows cast somewhere into your beautiful composition; so I'm following a somewhat practical approach here.
     
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    Cloudy overcast days are for photography.

    Bright sunny days are for boating and beer drinking!!
     
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    Preferably after the shakes have subsided. :)
     
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    I'll shoot throughout the day but I prefer civil twilight before sunrise and maybe about a half hour after. About 30 minutes before sunset and through civil twilight afterward. The colors are soft, rich and show well with long exposures.
     
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    Overcast days are good for you folks with SLRs, but really stink for me. ISO 400 stinks and 800 is completely useless and I don't like to carry a tripod everywhere I go (mainly because my photography outings are also kid outings to the beach or zoo or something). 1/40 shutter with 380mm (35mm equiv) on overcast days just doesn't cut it. I need light and lots of it.

    Nice days with some clouds are fine when the wispy clouds move past the sun, but complete overcast means no shooting for me.
     
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    I like to shoot when it's warm (not too warm), and I prefer clear sky.
     

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