|published in the South Shore Breaker - June 15, 2016
In a photographer’s life, early mornings are one of the best times for capturing images. The soft light brings life to subtle details, and often there is a gentle mist to help make dreamy landscapes and seascapes. The golden hour lasts about an hour after sunrise, but changes depending on where you live and the season.
But my theory is that the best time to take a photograph is when you actually have the time. My time with my camera doesn’t usually fall into the golden hour. I guess I could set my alarm clock and drag myself out of bed to look after the animals and get out of the house to a choice location before the golden hour hits. But let’s face it, that’s not me and it’s not my lifestyle. If you can’t get out during the golden hour, you can still capture beautiful moments at any time of day.
Some mornings, I do head out a little later than what falls under the golden hour definition. I put some coffee into a travel mug, grab my camera, and head out in my car. The inspiration doesn’t hit often, but I try to take advantage of it when it does. A couple of weeks ago, I headed to my old stomping ground and to "the country". Living in such a beautiful coastal community leads to many spectacular water scenes, but there is beauty in the country too.
My first stop was along the road beside a farmer’s field. A lone apple tree standing in a field caught my eye. I was mostly enthralled with the striped patterns that the spring plowing had made, and I can never resist taking photos of standalone trees. A couple of ducks flying by added an extra touch that I was very happy to capture. Oddly enough, just two days after I took the photo I found out through the grapevine that the field is being prepared for a planting of haskaps, a thriving industry on the South Shore.
|a farmer's field on Lower Branch Road - rumour has it that it has been prepped for haskap planting
|marsh on Veinot Road in New Canada
|detail of marsh grasses and reflections of the early morning clouds
That’s my version of the morning golden hour photo shoot. Let’s not forget the other golden hour at sunset, but that’s a focus for another day.