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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PHOTO 5a
Austin Skyline at Dawn


PHOTO 5b
Scipio Creek Marina Sunset


PHOTO 5c
Sunrise on Apalachicola River

PHOTO 5d
Sunset on The Bridge of Lions



PHOTO 5e
Sunrise on Florida Cliffs


PHOTO 5f
Pineapple Fountain at Sunrise


PHOTO 5g
Johnson Bay Sunset, Lubec, ME





PHOTO 5h
Sunset at Bandon, OR


PHOTO 5i
The Watchman at Sunset
 

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