SUNRISES & SUNSETS
These two times of the day are a favorite for most photographers. The
"Golden Hour" or the "Magic Hour" are terms you will frequently hear, and you can
easily see why. The precise time of day that these events occur is ever
changing, and your location on our spinning globe as well as weather conditions
can greatly alter the effect you will get - as will the photographic tools that
we use. 5a is the beautiful Austin, TX skyline with the deep blue sky just
before the sun gets over the horizon. Once it comes up, that particular
blue is gone and the sky is blown out.
Phots 5b-e are all taken in Florida, but couldn't look more different.
Scipio Creek Marina (5b) with a boiling sky vs blinding sun with no clouds on
the river (5c). Again, clear skies for the Bridge of Lions (d) and some
overcast at sunrise (5e) on the cliffs at the south end of Hutchinson Island.
The Pineapple Fountain in Charleston is a great foreground for sunrise, too! But
you have to be there early. Last on the east coast is this red sunset over
Johnson Bay (5g) at Lubec, ME. We thought there would be no color at all;
but then the solid block of clouds parted, and the red sun glowed for only a few
minutes before disappearing again. You have to be ready just in case.
When in the West, sunsets are easier with coastal views like Bandon, OR (5h).
The Watchman in Zion National Park (5i) provides a great sunset reflection even
for a few minutes, and we almost missed it.
Today there are many resources for predicting the precise time and
direction of the rising or setting sun nothing takes the place of being there,
ready to capture the perfect shot, when conditions are ideal. Remember,
you can't get the shot if you're not there!
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