Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Golden Hour


Great topic with many wonderful opportunities.  Here’s a couple from the Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico last December.  All of these are Sandhill Cranes during their winter stay in the south.  All three of these are at different stages of the Golden Hour.  The first is just when the sun is slightly above the horizon, lighting the crane but not the surrounding hills.

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Landing lights on….

The next was taken about 20 minutes later – Sandhills on the pond as the magnificent New Mexico sun slips behind the mountains and paints the sky….

The cranes seem to enjoy the New Mexico sunset also!

The cranes seem to enjoy the New Mexico sunset also!

The last photo was taken almost immediately after the previous one.  One of the final Sandhills coming in during the last light of the golden hour.

Last light landing

Last light landing

 

 

41 responses

  1. Wow, your photos are spectacular!!!

    July 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

  2. michaelmulholland

    Amazing shots…

    July 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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  4. That first shot is incredible!

    July 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  5. Great representation of the golden hour and challenge, gorgeous, that first image lit up is brilliant – wow!.
    I’m inviting you to join us on a regular photo tour link up on Mondays called Travel Photo Mondays, take a look

    July 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    • Noel,
      Where do I find the information on the Travel Photo Mondays?

      July 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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  14. Scott, I just knew you’d have some amazing images in the perfect light, and you didn’t disappoint.

    July 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    • Thanks Jeff – That was an amazing hour and yielded lots of nice shots….great subjects + great light + passable photographer = fun session + (hopefully) good shots

      July 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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  16. Superb photos… incredible …

    July 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    • Thanks Lily – I’m glad that you enjoyed them!

      July 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

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  19. i can see why photographers call this the Golden Hour. Absolutely stunning.

    I just had author photos taken for the first time and I can honestly say I’m not nearly comfortable in front of the camera as the cranes and otters are. 🙂

    July 14, 2013 at 6:40 am

    • Jackie,
      Thats why I NEVER do posed shots! If its not a candid of an animal or a person, I’m not all that interested. Its also why you haven’t seen many shots(maybe 1?) of me on this blog… 🙂

      July 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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  21. Great selections!

    July 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    • Thanks Cathy. I have many from those hours so I thought it might be interesting to have several different compositions from the same hour…..

      July 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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  25. Thank you for sharing your talent. You captured some brilliant moments.

    July 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    • Mlissabeth – Thank you so much. The Bosque is amazing in the mornings and afternoons!

      July 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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  30. kz

    really gorgeous!

    July 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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  32. Amazing shots, wish I could take photographs like this.

    July 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    • Indira – Thank you so much! I have been extremely blessed with the opportunity to witness and capture some incredible moments – including some earlier this year in your beautiful and fascinating country.

      July 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

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