I am all in favor of the golden hours, but on this day I decided to follow my rule of photography: the best time to take a picture is when you are there.
In this case, we were at the lighthouse parking lot at 11:30 am and the sun was as high as it was going to get all day. This made for dark shadows, but by using the new "shadows" slider in Lightroom 4.0 I was able to brighten up some of the rocks.
Mid-day images can have some advantages on clear days if, like me, you love blue sky and puffy clouds. A polarizer would have been nice, but I didn't have one with me.
|This first image is a single image taken with a 28mm-e lens. I cropped a little |
on the left and right and a lot on the top and bottom
to create an HD aspect ratio of 16:9.
|I've kept this version at a 3:2 aspect ratio so I could keep the rocky foreground|
in the picture. The lighthouse is on an island which is so very close to the mainland,
and this image lets you know that.