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Old Sep 11, 2010, 6:09 PM   #11
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IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT MY CURRENT ENTRY FOR THIS CHALLENGE

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I change my entry as I think I got it right now - or at least it's quite close to what I wanted to show you. Almost the same scenery, a few steps back and about 1 hour later than in my first image. You already know the left part - but the warm colors in the right part of the image add that special something for this challenge I feel. I also had no problems with the sky this time.

Just a few cars passed when I took the images but I got quite some glances .

The 3rd image in my "eyes half shut" thread was taken looking into the sun at the same time, just a few meters away... so if you are curious what it looked like and fancy a look, be my guest here: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...lden-hour.html

Anyway... hope you enjoy looking at that scenery,
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Old Sep 11, 2010, 7:50 PM   #12
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I'm really going to give this months challenge a try. I haven't been out taking at all lately so, I've missed the last couple of challenges. I wasn't positive about what quallifed as the "golden hour" so I did a little research on it. For those that might be as confused as I was, here is a link to a very useful "golden hour" calculator to find the right time of day for you location. http://www.golden-hour.com/ and a copy from Wikipedia on the subject.



In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day,[1] when a specific photographic effect is achieved due to the quality of the light.
Typically, lighting is softer (more diffuse) and warmer in hue, and shadows are longer. When the Sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing the intensity of the direct light, so that more of the illumination comes from indirect light from the sky (Thomas 1973, 9–13), reducing the lighting ratio. More blue light is scattered, so that light from the Sun appears more reddish. And the Sun's small angle with the horizon produces longer shadows.
“Hour” is used here quite loosely. The character of the lighting is determined by the Sun's altitude, and the time for the Sun to move from the horizon to a specified altitude depends on a location's latitude and the time of year[2] (Bermingham 2003, 214). In Los Angeles, California, at an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset, the Sun has an altitude of about 10°–12°.[3] For a location closer to the equator, the altitude is greater (or the time less), and for a location farther from the equator, the altitude is less (or the time greater). For a location sufficiently far from the equator, the Sun may not reach an altitude of 10°, and the golden hour lasts for the entire day in certain seasons.
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Old Sep 12, 2010, 2:47 AM   #13
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Point of Order Sir !!

Your (John's) post means Ned & Lou may then be able to claim any daylight shot was taken in the 'Golden Hour' !

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Old Sep 12, 2010, 3:56 AM   #14
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I am going with the non-technical approach. The "golden" colors, the warm/evening feeling, the shadows etc.

Time is an illusion anyway.

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Some really nice golden landscapes from some expert photographers!
Just for something different, how about a little calf out to pasture at the golden hour...
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Mole - what a wonderful example of a shot taken with golden hour lighting! I spent a nice morning this morning chasing what you captured in this picture - that wonderful soft golden light, the reason they call it the golden hour. My scenes are all urban though and I have no idea if any of them will be any good or not, but it was a truly excellent way to start the day.
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 12:29 AM   #18
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To be honest, while I like the challenge very much, I've got a problem with it. At first it sounds easy... we know the golden hour, you probably don't have to walk very far to "experience" it. But then - how to capture those feelings? A lot of my photos ended up to look like sunsets, which isn't really what the challenge is about... but if I face away from the sun it's hard to capture that "golden color". Also it's mostly an "overall feeling" - hence I tried to take a panorama as so much is involved in this.

But - it doesn't "deliver" to say so. While the image is technically ok, the "feeling" is missing. So I started to shoot against the sun again - these are the "eyes half shut" tries where I probably will pick an image from for the challenge if I don't find anything better.

Color balance and saturation is an issue, the "long shadow" thingie... a must or not? Go for details or the wide view?

I never thought there was so much in that "simple" challenge (sorry, no offense meant).

Having said this - I think mole's image is a good one (no sunset, no clouds, but still a good hint on the "feeling").

Rainy days here so I'm not going out to take photos, maybe that's why I am thinking over it too much.

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This one is to hold my place. I have not been out yet this month at the Golden hour and if I do I will replace this shot that has been shown here before. This one was taken 8/11 2010 @ 7:24 PM.

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Some really nice golden landscapes from some expert photographers!
Just for something different, how about a little calf out to pasture at the golden hour...

Mole, I think I see what you are driving at with "The Golden Hour", at least I hope I do. Your photo shows a definite "gold" tint of colour, it is a distinct tint of gold. Perhaps my golden hour photo of midnight sun might not be what you you are looking for, though the colour of gold is seen in the sun breaking through the trees. Again, if I understand correctly, you are perhaps looking for that golden tint that sort of permeates a photo, where as my gold is rather intense and looking into the sun. I have seen many examples of this golden tint, but it not always SO VERY OBVIOUS with every sunrise or sunset, or least, not so easy to photograph as one might think... it takes a good eye, patience, right weather...

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