7-17-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour (Take 2)

The weekly challenge this week is The Golden Hour. Now to me, a true golden hour came last night around 10:50 when Mariano Rivera entered the Baseball All Star game at Citi Field to a standing ovation from fans and all his professional peers. If you are not a baseball fan, please indulge me for 30 seconds before we get back to business. Rivera is something we don’t see very often. A person of dignity, humble and respectful of everyone,  who is absolutely and unquestionably the best ever at what he does.  But it is only a game, I have heard people say. True, but it is his profession and something he loves and for over 19 years he has worked quietly and hard to become what he is. The best of the best and respected by everybody who works in his business.  There just are not many people you can say that about.

Okay, end of homage and on to the challenge. If you hadn’t heard professional photographers hate sunset pictures, at least the ones I hang with. Three cheers for “the golden hour” hiss, boo for sunset. When I was just a babe in arms in photography I never understood that. Now I believe I do.

Here are three “golden hour” sunset pictures from 2010, 2012 and 2013. They have been worked only slightly. White balance correction primarily. Nothing your photo lab would not have automatically done for you when you dropped off your vacation pictures.

Boro Walk

Saugerties Sunset 1-6-12-0319

Boro Walk

Do you see what I mean? Each of these pictures could be made “better” BUT none of them are bad and the middle one is bloody spectacular if you ask me. And that is the problem professionals have.  You are not the artist when you shoot sunsets, nature is and she is better than you will ever be and makes everyone look good.

Just my thought.

A few other POV on the Golden Hour (There are so many people who do the challenge that it is impossible to view everyone and that is a shame. So many ideas and views and so little time to find them.):

362 | brent’s iPhone 4S & japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Notes from Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour – Sunflower | rodocard

Weekly photo challenge: The Golden Hour (2) – Spain and Gib | Every picture tells one

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | MUmox

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Blue Octopus

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Charles Schnyder Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge – Golden Hour II | Travels and Trifles

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Erin O’Leary Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | avantgarde | keliling sumatera

A Little Like Lovin’ | Fly for Icarus

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour « The Neophyte Photographer

Weekly Photo Challenge : The Golden Hour | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福

Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: The Golden Hour (Istanbul) | What’s (in) the picture?

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour | Thrifty Finn

Weekly Photo challenge/Golden hour: The Alhambra | Following the trail of Ibn Battut


11 responses to “7-17-13 Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour (Take 2)

  1. Pingback: Weekly photo challenge: The golden hour | The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface

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  3. Thanks for the pingback Robert. I saw the Mariano Rivera moment too and agree it was truly golden. He is so fantastic, yet so humble. I loved that they let him take the field alone and that both sides (as well as the fans) paid their respect. A great moment in sports. And oh yeah, lovely sunsets – nature made them but you captured them!

  4. Thanks for the link back. I have mixed views about golden hour pix, especially sunset ones. I think you would have to be seriously useless not to take a half-way decent pic of a sunset. In which case everyone can trot out a pic of a sunset. I do like the flaming red sky, it is striking, and the silhouette with the sun dropping behind.

    It’s not just sunset per se though is it? you need something else in the shot to make it stand out. Just my views as a non-photographer.

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