|'Golden Hour Glow' 18x 24 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
|'Blue Hour Silence' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I like to consider myself as somewhat of a photography buff so I am always aware of the Magic Hour. But I just learned something new that I want to share. There is actually a Golden Hour and and Blue Hour. The Golden Hour is when the sun is just above the horizon such as just after sunrise and just before sunset. The light is warm and things just glow. The Blue Hour is the time just before sunrise and just after sunset. Both of these times create conditions that are ideal for taking reference photos or getting out to paint.
- For an excellent description of the Golden and Blue Hours along with wonderful photos to illustrate them see Fred Hatt's Blog post on the Magic Hour HERE
- I was so excited to find this tool online. It is a calculator for calculating the Golden and Blue Hour. Simply put in your location and time of year and the calculator generates the time and duration of sunrise, sunset, Golden Hour and Blue Hour. Now you can plan your painting or photography outings to coincide with the times of the Magic Hours! Here is a link to the tool. I put in Moab Utah in August and these were my results.