Project Alicia : WW: The Golden Hour

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

WW: The Golden Hour

Recently I ventured out to capture some of the virgin buds in our area. The sun was lowering quickly and I was panicked I would miss the moment.

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Then it happened... Magic.

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It seemed it didn't matter how I positioned myself or my camera, there was no going wrong. These humble little white buds took on a magnificent glow and I couldn't seem to get enough. It was a rush. I hurried home to see them on the big screen and it wasn't my imagination- they were indeed exquisite.

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You see, I had managed to capture the light in what photogs for ages have referred to as "the golden hour", otherwise known as the magic hour. If you want to create something extraordinary, this is the time to do it.

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I downloaded one of these blossom pics to instagram (@projectalicia) the other day and my sister (@shagshop) responded, "Please add to canvas for me". I giggled a little. Then I realized that so often I leave my photos bound in a file inside of this box rather than giving them the proper chance to shine.

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They may not be the most beautiful or the most unique, but wonderful all the same. And they certainly shouldn't be tucked away and forgotten. If you've been following me for a while you may remember, "Orange you Glad" from last April where I shared my thoughts on creating something original. If you've been in a slump or have been doubting your talents, it's definitely worth a read.

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If you'd like to learn more about how to shoot in "The Golden Hour", you're in luck. Stop by this Friday, April 6th for the debut of our Leap Into Spring! Photo Challenge where I'll be sharing 5 tips to better photos during The Golden Hours. You'll also find tutorials, freebies, and inspiration galore throughout the challenge. All are welcome regardless of location or skill level. Come join us! You can find more details here.

Leap into Spring! Sponsor Opportunity...
And in case you haven't heard, we have an exciting opportunity for you! Market your family friendly blog, business or product across three blog networks to a large community of avid photographers by sponsoring the Leap Into Spring! Photo Challenge. For a flat rate of $25, you’ll receive 6 weeks of 200×100 sidebar advertising space across three active blogging networks - Bumbles & Light, Project Alicia and Live and Love Out Loud. Click the image below for more details.

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Please welcome our first sponsors for the Leap Into Spring! Photo Challenge- Small Bird StudiosBarefoot Five, and Dagmar's Momsense! (100% of proceeds to go toward the purchase of finale giveaway prizes May 18th.)

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62 comments:

  1. Wow....golden hour indeed, gosh I love the subtle pinks and blues captured in these shots. I also had a golden hour moment myself which I've shared for WW too :-)

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  2. BEAUTIFUL.
    It's kind of pathetic how excited I am about the spring challenge! Thank you for hosting & happy WW!

    xoxo, bree

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  3. oh my husband talks about the Golden Hour all the time :) Gorgeous pictures. I can't wait until Spring arrives where I am!!

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  4. Beautiful! Love the spring awakening!

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  5. Beautiful shots! I love using that golden light.

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  6. These are amazing beautiful pictures of the blossoms.

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  7. Glorious pictures, oh my! Thanks for adding my button already - you are fast! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Dagmar

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  8. What beautiful photos! The third photo is my favorite, but I can't explain why. Oh, how I love spring!

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  9. These are gorgeous! Just posted the sneak peek of your photo for Edit Me!! The full post goes up tomorrow :) Can't wait!

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  10. Beautiful pictures!!! Love it, perfect for Spring and Easter :)

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  11. Wow, those photos look magical indeed. Happy Wordless Wednesday
    Cheers,
    Char

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  12. I love the way you used light in the backgrounds. Awesome!

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  13. Beautiful! Wonderful use of light.

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  14. Those are very striking photos!

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  15. I need to try shooting pictures at that hour! Those are absolutely stunning!

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  16. I would buy any one of these on a canvas, honestly, I can't even explain how magical I find them....just amazing! Thank you SO much for sharing.

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  17. What a lovely set Lish. Magical.

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  18. These are stunning! Now I'm inspired to get outside and start snapping.

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  19. Oh my goodness. So freaking fantastically beautiful. LOVE them! : )

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  20. Oh yes I can see spring has arrived. Love your flowers. I tried capturing a beautiful spring day while out on a nature hike.

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  21. These photos are too divine! How delicate and stunning.

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  22. You and the golden hour do good work together - beautiful!!

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  23. These are all great, but I love love love that second to last one!!!!

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  24. I love the sunlight coming through those flowers. So lovely and ethereal.

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  25. You have convinced me, once again, that I spend way too much time indoors and in front of a computer instead of outdoors and behind a camera. Thank you for your gorgeous photos!! (someday I won't have to work so many crazy insane hours and I will get back into taking beautiful pictures.)

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  26. OHHHHH just delightful! In LOVE w/ your photography Alicia!

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  27. Very beautiful pictures! Then again, most of the work I've seen from you shows off so much beauty! You are very talented =)
    -Samantha
    KreativeKaring.com

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  28. Composition is great Alicia and how you got underneath the blossom and looked up!

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  29. Love how you've captured that flower

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  30. i love the golden hour! did u know there's an iphone app for it?

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  31. Breathtakingly beautiful as usual! You sure did capture the Golden Hour. :)


    The Fountain of Youth Revisited

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  32. so beautiful! i like the warmth that you feel from looking at these photos.

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  33. That light is amazing - you have captured it so, so very well :D

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  34. Absolutely beautiful. It's amazing how the light just glows around the blossoms. Pure magic!!!

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  35. oh my goodness, those images are breathtaking!! so lovely

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  36. These certainly are exquisite photos!! The light is amazing! I just keep snapping photos of my pear tree blossoms too. I can't get enough, but now I need to try and get out there during the golden hour!!

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  37. wow! these are just amazing! you always take such breathtaking photos!! loves these! you are a true inspiration for sure!!

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  38. You have a wonderful eye for a great picture. I know my camera can do wonderful things, but I just have to learn how. The book is so confusing. Guess I must practice.

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  39. I love how you have the white showing so well with so much light behind it. Great shots. As always!

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  40. EnJOYed your different angles. Such a beautiful, professional job.

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  41. These are absolutely stunning, I can't wait until Friday!!

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  42. Pretty! I've been trying to be better about printing out some of my pictures, it really does make such a huge difference! And I had a day like that recently where every angle the lighting was just perfect :)

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  43. Gorgeous shots Alicia! I'm looking forward to your leap into Spring even though it's Autumn here. Thanks for hosting.

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  44. Absolutely gorgeous! I look forward to the spring challenge!

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  45. these are so pretty! I love the light in all these shots!

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  46. Love your work! - and definitely awesome to find someone so close (rock hill). Newest follower from ThePaperMama

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  47. I have similar this week... but when I see yours it wets my appetite for a better camera with lenses & training to use it! ~hugs, Faythe @ GMT~

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  48. Fantastic work! Do you like morning or afternooon golden hour better? I recently started picking up photography and am now amazed at how I missed the different aspects of life and the golden hour. It's been a lot of fun discovering! Do you use a macro lens for photos like these?

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  49. Absolutely stunning photos. I love those flowers in the first place, but those photos are indeed magical.

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  50. These are some GREAT photos! I downloaded a little app on my iPhone called, GoldenPic to tell me the times for Golden Hour, Blue Hour, sunrise & sunset. Now, I just need to get out there and start snapping away!

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