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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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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Any day is a good day.:lmao:


What the old saying...A bad day of shooting photography is better than a good day at work.


I prefer mornings or late afternoons, although I would be out all day if I could.
 

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I do mostly outdoor photography, so I rarely do much outside of 1 hour before/after sunrise/sunset
 

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I just shot this past weekend. Super bright, not a cloud in the southern california sky. I shot throughout the day in a public park from 9am-sunset. I found that shooting shooting about 1.5 hrs before and after noon was a bit tricky to handle. An assistant with a reflector helped. For the rest of the day, I spent mostly shooting with a fill-flash when needed. It worked out quite nicely.

*note* if you are the reflector assistant, be careful... you have a high chance of getting sunburnt. I learned this the hard way >.<
 

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