You would never guess that this 29 second time lapse of the sunrise in Egypt is made up of 523 photos!
As you grow in your photography, you want to always be deepening your awareness of the color and degree of light. Before photography, you may have been aware of the sky’s beautiful color display at sunset. But all throughout the day, the sunlight is changing in color. That is one of the reasons why Brian and I filmed this time laspe of the sunrise in Egypt. So you could see for yourself the amazing transition of color in the sunlight as it rises. You can’t help but notice the degree of light increasing as the color of light becomes more and more white. It’s almost as if the Abu Simbel statues couldn’t be any brighter and diluted in color. And then the color of light shifts, and you are in awe at how golden everything becomes when the sunrise reaches it’s climax. I can watch this video a hundred times and never get sick of it. The transition of the color’s light takes my breath away.
How does this apply to you and your picture taking? When you set out to take great photos, make sure you are scheduling your shooting time when the sunlight’s color is most beautiful, rich in color, vivid, most golden. That is usually sunrise or sunset (the more popular time to shoot, unless you like getting the kids up at 3am for a photo shoot). Nothing compares to that golden color that makes light magical. Between 11am-2pm, you’ll notice how the color of light is more white and stark–just like it is in this video before the sun rises at the end. If you had a choice between light that is white, stark, washed out, diluting skin tones and color OR golden, magical, dynamic light that enriches all the color hues, what would you choose?
For more details on the amazing history behind this must-see wonder, Abu Simbel Temple, visit Egypt Uncovered.
Thanks to Triple Scoop Music for giving us the most beautiful music that enriches the time lapse of the sunrise in Egypt even more!
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