How the timing of the day affects a Photograph - Mohamed Hakem's Photography

We always hear the term of Golden hour. The half an hour during sunsets and sunrises. It's always the most dramatic time of the day. ITs the time when the Sun reveals its colored lights and light the super high clouds. The time when the shadows are soft and at its best. The time were Landscape photographers always Target.

I've decided to make my own experiment which is to  take pictures from nearly the same place looking to the same scene. This is the Shali of Siwa,a castle that dates back to more than  900 years. Shali in the Siwi language means Mother. This was once the castle where everybody lived and protected them for more than 800 years. Press here for more historical info.


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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.

The Shali of Siwa

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

The Castle was made from a special soil found in the salt lakes nearby, When dried it becomes tougher than most stones. Sadly its worst enemy is water but since it never rains in Siwa the castle stood in shape for a 1000 years untill a rainy storm hit the Shali in 1926 and made it look as it is today.

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.

Shali under the stars, some houses still have foreigner owners who fell in love with Siwa, Siwa had a role in WWII when th Rommel took his German Army before retreating in Alamien

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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