I took another walk at sunrise recently and took my backup camera, a Canon Rebel XTi and my 70-300 f4.5. I stepped out of the car, took three steps, crouched down and shot this. The clover was still covered in morning dew fog drifted over the ground and the sun was warm and golden.
The early morning and evening hours around sunrise and sunset are best for taking warm, gold-tinted pictures. The sun is less direct and softer, being diffused by the atmosphere, giving a warm honeyed glow to your subject. That’s why experienced photographers refer to the hour after sunrise and before sunset the ‘honeylight’. When shooting pictures like this, it helps to have the sun shining not quite directly behind you.
The sharp foreground and blurry background are created by shooting with the camera lens set to its largest F-stop (in this case 4.5) and a longer exposure which lets in more light and results in what you see here. The clumps of clover in the foreground and background aren’t really as close as they appear in this image. Using a longer lens in this case resulted in creating an image that this was a large field of clover, when in fact it was just a patch of tall grass and weeds.
I got a few more that morning and I’ll post those images when they are ready.