How The timings of the day affect a Photo By Mohamed Hakem

How The timings of the day affect a Photo

By Mohamed Hakem

Hello Steve,
I am back again with new stuff. So the below pictures are all taken from nearly the same place looking to the same scene. This is the Shali of Siwa, Siwa is the biggest oasis in Egypt and the most remote inhabited place – just 50 KM away from the borders of Egypt. Siwa has a rich culture that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Its modern history dates back to 900 years ago since the building of the below castle. Shali in the Siwi language means Mother. This was once the castle where everybody lived and protected them for more than 800 years. for more info please read the historical article on my website.

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So back to photography, I was doing a project to capture this magical place and I came across a stunning view point. I knew that I could get a great photo so I spent the whole day/night there. Travel photographers might not have the luxury of time, but as you will see in the below 5 pictures, the timing of the day gives you totally different results! at the beginning of my journey as a travel photographer, I tended to visit as many places as I can, But now I slow down and spend more time in one place trying to get the perfect shot better than a hundred of normal ones. all of the pictures are shot by Fuji Xpro2 and Fuji XT-1

So this was the first picture when I arrived at the view point. It was noon and you can see the hard shadows and the high contrast

This was the second shot, I returned back to capture the Magic hour, which I believe was truly magical but opted to capture the sun as it kisses the mountain.


This was minutes after sunset, the true magic hour, the high clouds now appeared, colored Sky, and light bulbs began appearing on the castle.

and tha magical mid night! enough said! stars are so bright as there are barely any pollution, the sky is super dry and the city lights are minor.

Thought the sunrise would have been more interesting, since the sky is boring and the sun shines from the other side, we lost a lot of Drama

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19 thoughts on “How The timings of the day affect a Photo By Mohamed Hakem”

  1. [email protected] says:

    I have to agree with the other posts. Great pictures and very interesting to see the difference between the daylight. This opened up my eyes once again!
    thx for sharing!

  2. Wonderful photographs! Whenever I travel I always end up being in the most beautiful places at noon! Sadly, I’m sleeping at dawn and eating at sunset. On vacation, I’m not willing to suffer enough to get great photographs. Perhaps if I were single!!!

  3. I totally agree, great tutorial. My favourite are the sunset and midnight ones. Great shots indeed and thanks for sharing.

  4. that is amazing, I love these pictures, and learning a little about a place I had yet to hear of, beautiful golden hour.

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