From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week we’ve been challenged to post photographs which were made during Golden Hour – just after sunrise or just before sunset. Interestingly, although photographs of sunsets and sunrises are lovely, captures of everyday things lit by the golden rays of the sun are, to my eye, much more interesting.
My archives have many photos from golden hour, since that is prime time for photography, including some personal favorites from the past. However, I’ve chosen instead to post a few captures from my week here in Michigan, which has been wonderful. Sunset here arrives between 9 and 10 pm, a bit of a challenge but not impossible. I shot the opening photograph from a boat on a lake ripe with lily pads. Because I wanted to capture the light but had no tripod with me, I chose to deliberately work on making an abstract photograph of the lily pads and flowers. I was pleased with the results, especially considering the challenges.
“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Initially, I saw the scene above in harsh, mid-afternoon light. I returned at sunset to find better conditions, but the light was quite flat due to cloud cover. Luckily the sun peeked out for just a few moments to allow the capture I’d been hoping for as the late evening sun reflected off of the yellow hay.
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
Finally, our location here in Michigan overlooks beautiful Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. My husband and I took a walk one evening at sunset to see what my lens might find. I was particularly enamored by this scene, which looked to me more like Venice than Michigan. We’ve very much enjoyed our visit here in the north, and are now heading back home to South Carolina. With any luck, the light will be just as beautiful there as it has been here.
Before closing, I’d like to thank Ese of Ese’s Voice for using my photograph (also made during Golden Hour) to illustrate her lovely Haiku “Companions”. Check it out here. Secondly, thanks to Andrew of Tylko fotografia (click here to see some of his wonderful photography) who has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Those who follow me know I very much appreciate the recognition, but choose not to formally participate in award programs.
Finally, in closing, I’ve included this post as a response to Ailsa’ challenge this week “Simplicity”. From my perspective, the opening photograph “Impressions of Lily Pads” is an example of taking a very simple subject and creating art. Hopefully you agree 🙂
To see more “Golden Hour” posts, click here.