Golden hour is the prized possession of photographers in any genre. This is the window in the morning when just about everything looks fantastic. It’s really hard to get bad shots during golden hour if you’ve got a good subject, you’re composing correctly, and you’re properly calculating your exposures. I often like to shoot abandoned places during golden hour because the light is warm and beautiful, which contrasts with the darkness and decay of the locations.
One thing to keep in mind is to shoot frequently during golden hour. The light changes incredibly fast, and the difference between a good shot and a great shot can be a matter of minutes. Obviously, shooting at golden hour won’t make you the best photographer in the world, but it will certainly help you create better photos than the people who shoot only during the day. I know that statement can be argued forever, but just trust me when I say that waking up incredibly early is worth it if your goal is to create dramatic photos.
I shot this in broad daylight with a Formatt-Hitech 10-stop ND filter. It’s a filter I usually use for landscape shots, but the light was pretty bad and I decided that this shot would be more dramatic with stretched clouds and black and white instead of a boring blue sky.