Mountain Peaks in Stellenbosch
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The best time to photograph a landscape is during the golden hour. This rule still applies even when using a telephoto lens. The golden hour is the time of day shortly after sunrise or before sunset. The light is usually softer and a slightly golden colour. It can make your photos look magical.
The colour temperature is slightly more yellow which could alter some scenes that have trees. Where the trees usually have a slightly more yellow colour as opposed to the green in midday. Mountains have great dimension during golden hour.
The less difference between light and dark areas during this time of day make for a less contrasty photo. It is important to be patient and wait for golden hour. Next time you take landscape photos, make sure you do it during golden hour. I also like to wait for the sun to just set. Then the light is in some scenarios even better.
This photo was taken in February 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS USM on a monopod
Camera Settings: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds and ISO 200
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