Soft Pastel Light is What I Want

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times over the years. For me, the best light for photographing the landscape happens after the sun has set.

When the sun is above and near the horizon, the light can be wonderful and fills the landscape with drama. But it feels like someone shouting look at me, almost as if they are wanting to be recognised and need to be the centre of attention.

Now contrast this with a landscape scene after the sun has set. The lighting isn’t dramatic, and the colours become more pastel. For me, these scenes feel more like someone who is quiet and confident and doesn’t need to be noticed.

I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but I think this time of day is hugely underestimated for photography. That’s probably why most people, photographers included, pack up and go home once the sun is below the horizon. Not me. I like to hang on for another 40-60 minutes to enjoy the light. It needs to be truly dark before I pack up.

Carhead Rocks, Peak District, Fuji XT3

Here’s another example from Carhead Rocks in the Peak District. I’ve previously shared a couple of images taken on the same day but when the sun was above the horizon. How different this one feels.

I shot this with a Fuji XT3 and Fuji 10-24 lens at 11mm. I also used a three-stop Reverse ND Grad filter on the sky as it was very light on the horizon still. This was something like 20 minutes after sunset and on this occasion was the end of the day and the light.

I hope you like the shot and have a great weekend.

2 thoughts on “Soft Pastel Light is What I Want

  1. Hi Robin’

    First of all many thanks for your very friendly and professional photographic documentaries and advice.

    I have for a long time been an Olympus camera fan and have purchased most of their camera collection.
    I have held faith in Micro 4/3 and have now been rewarded in that faith with the release of the Olympus OM1

    This is an incredible and world beating camera, which, if you haven’t yet experience is worth a close look – I ,
    and I am sure many others would welcome your opinion.

    The camera produces fabulous images in both jpeg and Raw. The Raw orf. Images however can only be opened in camera raw or the newly developed Olympus OM workspace.

    Camera raw processing is not good but the new OM workspace software is excellent and with which I am very satisfied.

    However , and the real point of this email, is to ask you if you could use your influence to find out when DXo raw will be able to read and process the new .orf files.

    I have been a great fan of DXo and was very disappointed when, after purchasing the latest upgrade, I could not open the latest OM raw files.

    Any news or help you can give will be much appreciated

    Regards from a truly Lightweight photographer

    Bob (Robert on Sundays)


    1. Hi Robert, unfortunately, I don’t have any sway with DxO. That said, I know they are keen to include new cameras in interim releases but I don’t know how often those are planned for. Given the serious photographic community is their target market I hope you won’t have too long to wait.

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