Golden Hour

This lighting condition occurs shortly after sunrise and shortly before sunset. It is characterised by a warm soft light. The warm colours in the evening, in the morning and the red tones at sunrise and sunset are created by the atmosphere’s filter-effect. The cause is the long distance the sunlight has to cover while travelling through the atmosphere at these times of day. First, the short waved, blue light components are absorbed which results the remaining light consisting of more red components.

The following images were captured either early in the morning or in the late afternoon or evening.

The image of the Charles Bridge in Prague was captured in the early hours of the morning, shortly after sunrise. Another element that influenced the lighting in this image is the morning fog. It shifts the light and the scattering effect creates a soft focus. In the image, a further advantage of the early hour can be seen: there are very few tourists and passers-by. 

Charles Bridge - Prague 2006

Charles Bridge - Prague 2006

This image was captured after sunset. The clouds were illuminated by the sun that had already disappeared beyond the horizon. Exposure was metered on the clouds. This created rich colour saturation. Slight underexposure can make the image have a more dramatic effect.

Evening sky - Cuba 2008

Evening sky - Cuba 2008