In one of previous blogs, I discussed if there is a better time to take photos (Is there a better time to take pictures?).
These series of photos demonstrates the diversity of lighting, color and composition over different periods of time at various coastal locations on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Each picture shows a difference in the colors and the mood experienced due to the particular ambient lighting at the time of day the image was taken. For example, the picture with the two girls looking at the waves crashing on the rocky coast of Schoodic Point, Maine yield a blue that may not have been seen if the picture was taken in the low light of morning or evening.
The picture from the top of Cadillac Mountain shows the colors of the rising sun refracting over the horizon and through the clouds which is only possible at sunset or sunrise.
These two images taken at different times demonstrate that while a “golden rule” dictating the perfect time to take certain type of pictures exists, like most rules they are meant to be broken when the opportunity presents itself.
In my opinion, it really comes down to the individual photographer and their specific desire to capture the lighting, color and overall composition of a particular subject. To fulfill this task, it may mean that the photographer will break the “golden rule” of photography as mentioned above.