Photography

Here comes The Sun


If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

OK, how many of you, when you saw the title to this post harkened to the song written by George Harrison of the Beatles…?

““Here comes the sun,  here comes the sun.  And I say it’s all right”  and to follow, here is a quotation from the author of this song:

“It’s being here and now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”  ―    George Harrison

Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.

It seemed appropriate for this image taken first thing in the morning in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was another glorious start of the day during our adventures down-down under, quite, a bit chilly and very tranquil as the city slowly came to life. As you know, Photographers tend to get up before the sunrise to catch the first rays of sun, “The Golden Hour“.

Typically, lighting is softer (more diffuse) and warmer in hue, and shadows are longer. When the sun is near the horizon, sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing the intensity of the direct light, so that more of the illumination comes from indirect light from the sky, reducing the lighting ratio. More blue light is scattered, so that light from the sun appears more reddish. In addition, the sun’s small angle with the horizon produces longer shadows.

“Hour” is used here quite loosely. The character of the lighting is determined by the sun’s altitude, and the time for the sun to move from the horizon to a specified altitude depends on a location’s latitude and the time of year. In Los Angeles, California, at an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset, the sun has an altitude of about 10°–12°. For a location closer to the equator, the altitude is greater (or the time less), and for a location farther from the equator, the altitude is less (or the time greater). For a location sufficiently far from the equator, the sun may not reach an altitude of 10°, and the golden hour lasts for the entire day in certain seasons.

Because the contrast is less during the golden hour, shadows are less dark, and highlights are less likely to be overexposed. In landscape photography, the warm color of the low sun is often considered desirable to enhance the colours of the scene. Sometimes the dynamic range of light is quite large and one can then use exposure bracketing and combination to overcome this to bring an image closer to what our eyes can perceive – this is called High Dynamic Range Imaging, or HDR. (More on this later)

Today is May 17, 2012. It is the only May 16, 2012 that you will ever have –> Make it spectacular!

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8 responses

  1. Great post Erik, very meaningful personally on many levels.
    As for the image, love it. The golden edge to the clouds perfectly balances the blue tones of the town,

    May 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  2. Terrific post Erik and beautiful image.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  3. “if you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”
    Thank you for this beautiful version of the spiritual truth that is most important to my growth right now! ( :

    May 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  4. mindblowing :)

    May 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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