Landscape Photography – The Day’s Last Rays

Just as there’s something magical about early morning light, the last few rays of sunshine in the late evening are golden (pardon the pun). After a long and exciting day of nature photography, there’s nothing better than a great location to sit and wait for those last few rays of sunshine to turn your subject into a wonderful mosaic of warmth and color.

I have a confession to make. I really hate getting up before dawn. Period. The only reason I do it is to capture those wonderful few moments of early morning light. Morning light changes very quickly and the photographer had better keep up or miss the opportunity. Evening light lingers, slowly changing it’s tone and texture.

I much prefer the late evening when it’s OK to sit and rest for a few moments. When you can take some time to reflect and think about composition and the play between light and shadow in your scene. When you know that you have time to take as many exposures as you want as the sun slowly sinks in the west.

Come and join me for quiet evening like this during the Texas Landscape Safari in October.


Reflections – Pedernales Falls, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 88mm, f/13 for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

5 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – The Day’s Last Rays

  1. Excellent shot Jeff, totally magic light!… are holding out without a camera? Still waiting on the 5DII? Hope going old turkey isn’t taking it’s toll :0


    • Heath,

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. My 5DII arrived yesterday and I’m heading out very early Saturday morning to a great landscape location about 120 miles from here. Oh the joys of being a landscape photographer.


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