Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The Magic Of Golden Hour Light. 

Whether it’s being there for the awakening of a new day, or watching the sun as it bids you good night, the “golden hours,” the hour or so surrounding both sunrise and sunset, are when the magic happens. The best of this golden light, when the sun is low in the sky and traveling through more of the earths atmosphere, is often fleeting, and you won’t witness it from the warmth of your bed. You need to get up and get out!

I believe that half of what it takes to create good landscape imagery is a willingness to be there when this magic happens. As long as you’re willing to rise long before the sun, and/or walk back to your car long after it sets, “Mother Nature” will often take care of the rest.

Here are a few of my  “golden hour” images.

Sunday’s Hidden Treasure

Late day sun causes the fallen leaves on the forest floor, as well as the remaining leaves on the trees to glow a wonderful orange-gold, with the trees casting long shadows. Bright blue sky can be seen through the trees, with a stone wall also in the background.

 

From late October through most of November, the most gorgeous golden light passes through the woods on the side of the road to my house. So far this is the best I’ve done to capture it. Taken back in 2008, only a few months after I bought my first camera, this is also my first attempt at HDR, not half bad if I do say so myself.

Canon 40D

Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L

ISO 100, 45mm, f8 @ 1/100