Let haze be your new best friend this Spring/Summer
It’s the time of year when a bit more humidity creeps into the air. There’s more burning off in the national parks too. In short – the air gets a little more hazy. This can actually be great news for photographers.
With our very clear skies in Winter, the sun stays at almost full strength right until it disappears over the horizon. This can make some types of photography difficult, because we don’t get the low contrast and warmth we usually associate with ‘golden hour.’
When the sun dips low into the hazier sky close to the horizon, it is filtered more effectively. This reduces the contrast and warms up the colours. The truth is, ‘golden hour’ can last only a few minutes in Winter, but in Spring and Summer you can enjoy much longer periods of wonderful light.
As you can see in silhouette photos on this page, you can take great photos looking almost directly into the sun – when there is enough of that haze in the sky to make it possible. But the effect is not just for silhouettes – with the sun behind you, you can also get wonderful warm light that will be a benefit to all kinds of photos.
So as we head into Spring and Summer, when you are are out and about with your camera don’t forget it’s worth staying right to the end of the day. And a bit of haziness in the sky – while not ideal in other aspects of our lives – can be a real asset to your photography.