When the magic hour arrives, my thoughts centre on light rather than on the landscape. I search for perfect light, then hunt for something earthbound to match with it.Galen Rowell, wilderness photographer
When the sun is low in the sky we may feel its heat a little less, but we see it more clearly. The glow of early morning, or just before sunrise, adds warmth to our images. They absorb and reflect its light, taking on a glow of their own.
It seems magical, but there is a scientific explanation for this. When the sun is at a lower angle, its rays filter through a greater distance and through a much thicker amount of atmosphere. Because blue light is scattered more strongly by the atmosphere, it tends to be deflected away in other directions before it gets to us. This leaves relatively more yellow and red light to reach our eyes, and our cameras. It also creates longer shadows, adding an extra dimension to our photos.
You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.James M. Barrie
For Siobhan’s Lens Artists challenge this week, here is a selection of photos taken during those glowing golden hours.
Evening view from the Old Inn in Bandipur, Nepal
Volcan Arenal in the early morning, Costa Rica
Late afternoon in the countryside near Riga, Latvia
Seville Cathedral in early morning light
Yurt at a desert camp in Uzbekistan, just after sunrise
The Royal Palace, Muscat, Oman, just before sunset
[my feature photo was also taken in Oman, at Jebel Shams, soon after sunrise]
Low winter sun in Reykjavik
Late evening sun in Antarctica
Watching the sun start to set from a mokoro in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Khimsar Fort hotel in the morning, Rajasthan
Palmyra at sunrise, Syria, in 1996
A temple at sunrise, Sarangkot, near Pokhara, Nepal
Gate of the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, just before sunset