UCR’s Pierce Lawn looks immaculate every year when I arrive to photograph graduations.
The number of chairs the university sets out is staggering each year.
There are at least 5 graduations each June taking place Friday evening, Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning and evening.
When UCR calls me about photographing a graduation and if I am given a choice, I prefer the ceremony that starts at 6pm.
This time of the year in the northern hemisphere that means at least 90 mins to 120 mins of very nice directional light.
That is not to say the early morning ceremonies are terrible.
By the time the diplomas are handed out when the graduates are called to the podium, the sun will be higher.
So there is less I can do to isolate my subjects.
No longer will I be able to move around and choose a viewpoint that will allow me to juxtapose my subjects against a dark background.
The dark background or shadow which I can rely on in early morning or late evening moves from behind my subjects to down on the ground near their feet.
Dan & Elizabeth