Shooting during twilight is a subject that I have written about in previous posts and on my other social media sites. It is arguably my favorite time to make images. Landscape photographers often speak to the concept of the "quality of light" when making images. Twilight light is much lower in contrast, and depending on other factors, such as clouds or open skies, transmits mostly reflected light. That is to say that in general terms light at this time of the day falls on a subject, rather than shines through it. What you get, in such conditions, is a subtle dimensionality to the forms within your image. The quality of such light is mostly diffused and contains very subtle nuances of difference. With cloudless skies at twilight the reflected light can have a bit more intensity especially after the sun has fallen below, or is below, the horizon. Such light bounces off the sky and reflects down onto the landscape and is generally cooler in tones. With clouds, and certainly at sunrise or sunset, the bounced light often reflects the warmer tones of reds and yellows. My typical process at such times is to look for this subtle light as it falls on the landscape. Often I like more of a reflected side-light as this helps bring a dimensional shape to the forms.
The images in this post were all captured on the same evening and illustrate the beautiful, and subtle, nature of twilight light. Balancing such light is important in order for the image to be "believable". In post processing I work hard to keep the balance of light and shadow natural and the final result as close to what I saw and experienced. A tripod is necessary for such explorations. In such conditions I use a low ISO which can bring my exposure times well over 1 second, and often around 8 seconds. Thank you for stopping by!
(Note: for the best viewing experience please Click on each image and view in LightBox Mode.)