Golden Hour, Piran

And a sunset, too.

This was taken last night in Piran, the Slovenian Adriatic seaside town that gave its name to this blog and me to the world. I visited for the first time in over a year to attend an art opening at the municipal gallery –more on that in a day or two– and we made it just in time to catch the typically sublime early evening colors and reflections that envelop this peninsula in the Bay of Trieste at the country’s western edge.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge asks for something extraordinary from the mundane. By day, these very ordinary walls, weathered, worn and oftentimes neglected are, if they’re noticed at all, definitely mundane. At the peak of the golden hour, they burst to life like few I’ve seen elsewhere. Granted, yellow and orange surfaces, and any combination of the two, tend to do well during golden hour, too. 🙂

If you enjoy taking photos or are just getting into photography and don’t know about the golden hour, learning about it should be near the top of your shortest of short lists. It’s that period shortly after sunrise or just before sunset –and not necessarily an hour long– when the sun is lower in the sky and the daylight softer and redder. Essentially it’s the day’s most beautiful natural palate which means lighter (and longer) shadows and less washed out highlights in your images.

There’s lots of information and how-tos available so no need to reinvent the wheel here. Start with this post on PetaPixel, this one on Digital Photography School, and this one on Light Stalking. And to plan your shoots, use this Golden Hour Calculator anywhere in the world.

And for the Piran-curious, a map of the city is below and a lengthier intro post is here.

And for those keeping count, today’s Pic du Jour is the blog’s 652nd (!!) straight.

 

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