The theme for this week is Story: Golden Hour
The golden hour is the hour before sunset or after sunrise when the sun casts amazing golden tones. Find a way to use the golden hour to tell a story.
Some info on golden hour photography can be found here:
- 5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography
- Photography 101. Mastering the golden hour
- How To Shoot The Most Stunning Photos During Golden Hour
Some tools you can use to work out when it’s the golden hours where you live:
- Online calculator
- A minimal iPhone app that only shows the golden hours. (I have this as a widget)
- A complete iPhone & Android app that shows the golden hours, blue hours, sun & moon rise & set & direction etc. (Excellent for planning shots as it overlays the paths of the sun and moon onto a map).
- Add an hour after sunrise or subtract an hour before sunset using this data
Keep in mind your shot doesn’t need to be of the sunrise / sunset. This shot is about using the golden light to tell a story.
Send your shot to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include a description which covers the subject and/or the process.
What could be more golden than the gorgeous sun theatre in Yarraville , just before sunset? We went to see Lawrence of Arabia last night in 70mm, as it is apparently my husbands favourite movie of all time. Who knew the uncut version went for nearly four hours, and had a twenty minute intermission? Hope all the dads had a great Father’s Day
Optimal weather conditions in Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens (despite near-freezing temperatures and fingers) led to luscious orange hues. I took a dozen different shots in the space of 40 minutes and found it hard to pick one for submission – but this one stood out because it ‘s a spot of tranquility in Melbourne’s CBD without the imposing buildings.
Minimal opportunity and ability to get somewhere worthy of fully appreciating the elusive golden hour in Melbourne’s winter. This blossom at the local park did catch the light beautifully.
I took this shot in the park across from where I live just after sunrise as the suns rays worked their way down from the top of the trees. There was a heap of waterbirds perched on the edge of the lake all watching the sun rise with me.
An explosion of light and heat at dawn heading into Melbourne on the west gate freeway.
I could take photos at this time of day every day – it is so beautiful and surprising. I am lucky enough to ride to work at 07 15 every day – this time of year is the best.
Taken at 07 00 Thursday morning when there was still a frost on some of the leaves. This gave them a shine in the sun. Footscray Botanical Gardens
No other city can compare to our Marvellous Melbourne
My daughter’s view from her Dockland apartment
Right before sunset Khao Lak Thailand. Simple phone snapshot. Mind has been elsewhere. Love seeing everyone’s work.
Very cloudy during this ‘golden hour’ so I had to introduce some gold myself. This is a story with a happy ending. I call it ‘Amber Hour’.
For a week I had been looking forward to, it was actually tougher than expected. I was really relying on sunrise pics on my commute (thus another sneaky Brompton photo). A lot of commuters walk through the grounds of the MCG which is where this was taken. iPhone again, edited in Photo and VSCO
This doesn’t capture the golden I was hoping for. The sky did have more colour in it. I loved the contrast of the light coming from the shed as my youngest was tinkering away on his latest project oblivious to the day ending outside.
This was my golden hour this week. I shot this with my iPhone on the daily commute and I love this view in Yarraville.
It has been tricky to be available to even take a photo at the golden hour this week let alone have a camera in hand at the right moment with Melbourne’s weather, therefore I needed to take a different approach. So this is the golden warmth of home, fire glowing, dog at the door, happy child preparing Fathers Day dinner and garden lights glowing – all during that golden hour. Raise a glass and cheers!
Sunset After The Rain. Taken indoors to capture the raindrops with levels tweaked and frame added in Pixelmator.
This is a back up photo I took during the week, thinking I’d go on a shoot this weekend but the weather sucked and there was no sunset – I’m not a morning person so sunrise was not an option.
I may have gone overboard with post, but I love drama in a photo. I’m not sure why I like the composition of this pic so much, but even though my other back up pics had much better skies, I liked this one more. Shot on iPhone and edited on Insta.
“Blossom is Spring”
Port Phillip bay at dusk, Taken from the Sandy.
Room with a view – clearing out our loft to make some space I took the only real opportunity this week to make use of the golden hour sun – looking out from our roof top – love the effect on the clouds.
I struggled to find the time for this, as I watched the light turn dark from my place of work each evening.