Les Boucher

Les Boucher

Sanctuary Point, Australia

The Golden Hour

Ever asked yourself How did they get that shot? . One answer would be being in the right place at the right time which isn’t always easy to do. Maybe I should have said it isn’t always easy to know WHEN to be there. While some photographers will argue about this most will agree that for landscapes the best time is sunrise and sunset.

While planning a trip to take some Landscape / Seascape shots I started thinking about the best times to take shots. This led me to the GOLDEN HOUR the time of day when the sun is in a position where it will give the photographer the best chance of a shot and occurs just before and after sunrise and sunset. Curiosity got the better of me and on searching the “net” I came across the following site which I thought that I would share with you.

www.golden-hour.com”After clicking on my country (Australia) and locating the area where I wish to take the shots it became a simple matter of reading the graph below the map. The site not only gives you sunrise and sunset times for a particular day it also makes allowances for daylight saving should it be relevant to your area. In addition after clicking on the graph (below the map), where you see the yellow bands, it informs you of the GOLDEN HOUR relevant to your area.

If there was one thing that I found a little confusing at first it was the direction of the sunrise and sunset. Sunset direction was something like 295 deg. East of North. My first thought was “Hang On here, the last time that I checked the sun set in the west. But after thinking about it for a second or two I realised that if you work your way around a compass in degree’s it will show that they increase as you move clockwise around the dial. Something any boy scout would be able to tell you in an instant but, it’s been quite a few years since I was a boy scout…LOL.

Any way I hope that this helps you to take even better shots in the future and I look forward to seeing them on Red Bubble.

Les

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