Golden Hour – Photography Competition July 2017
Don’t we love all these sunrises and sunsets? They just take our breath away …
And don’t we all reach excitingly for the camera when we see this beauty of nature? Let’s share our pictures!
This month’s competition subject is about the golden hours in photography.
The “Golden Hour” is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is just magical. Warm, reddish, and much softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.
Landscape photographers love this beautiful light, as the warm colour of the low sun enhances the colours of the scene. It also casts long shadows that will give it more dimension.
In the middle of the day, the bright overhead sun can create strong highlights and dark shadows. Because the contrast is less during the golden hour, shadows are less dark, and highlights are less likely to be overexposed.
The two primary directions of light when taking pictures in golden light would be front and back.
Front, when your subject is just bathed in this warm light, and back when you can see a beautiful glow outlining the subject separating it from the background.
With the backlight and this low angle of light, you may also get a nice flare effect. The lens flare may create many forms. It may look like bright streaks, polygonal shapes or just give overall washed out look.
We are looking forward to seeing your entries!!
It is easy to enter, and the competition is open to everyone. Entry opens on 4th July 2017 and closes on Monday 31st July 2017.
There is Flickr group dedicated to the Golden / Magic Hour which you can visit for inspiration:
and check the 500px – https://500px.com/search?q=golden+hour
Your pictures should be saved as jpg files and not bigger than 3MB. Remember to name your files e.g. katesmith1.jpg
Please email your best pictures (3 max) to email@example.com
The winner will receive a £75 in course vouchers, and second place a fantastic book “The Photographer’s Eye – Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition” by Michael Freeman.