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Gallery Fifty Nine: Using dramatic light at the fringes of the day

As a travel photographer, I do everything I can to take full advantage of the precious few hours following sunrise, and preceding and just following sunset. They are called the “Golden Hours” and for good reason. At the fringes of the day, the low angle of the sun creates shadows that can define surface texture and add dimension to subject matter. The golden light itself creates colors that warm the subject and offers a mood of great beauty and tranquility. And when the sun is gone, there is always twilight to enrich our imagery. In addition, the presence of either a setting sun or a rising moon in the image can enrich it with symbolic values.

I launch this gallery with an initial portfolio of 14 images made near dawn or dusk along the Avenue of Volcanoes – the Cascade Mountains of Northern California and Central Oregon. I hope to gradually add more significant examples of imagery based on golden hour photography as I travel elsewhere.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.