Let there be special light

Light has different qualities at different times of the day:

  • Before dawn and after sunset – the blue hours
  • Just after dawn and just before sunset – the golden hours
  • Mid-day – the bright hours – light can be harsh, creating extreme highlights and shadows

Direct and indirect light have unique qualities. Direct light, say on a sunny day, throws distinct shadows increasing dynamic range, shade or indirect light is softer, throwing muted shadows.

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The golden hour begins. The silver hull of the fishing boat has taken on a golden hue.

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Intense golden hour light illuminates a train near Winnipeg, 2012. The golden light is so intense that it overpowers the colours of the containers.

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Evening on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, 2012. The golden hour giving way to the blue hour. Still some of the golden glow.

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The blue hour. Looking to the west near Winnipeg, we can see the remnants of sunset colours in the lower part of the sky.

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