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The Golden Hour

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 13 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

"When we go to a medicine person or healer
because we are feeling disheartened, dispirited or depressed,
he or she might ask questions like:
'When did you stop singing?'
'When did you stop dancing?'
'When did you stop being enchanted by stories?'"

-- Angeles Arrien
American Cultural Anthropologist and Author

NIKON D300 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

We are thinking along the same path today. I ask myself these same questions earlier. What a beautiful quote. Lovely image with the dog allowing his owner to take the lead. The water looks rough but the soothing sky softens the entire photograph.

Lovely once again.

13 Feb 2009 5:12am

@Cricket: Thanks, Tammy. Beau is our dog. He actually is Lord of the Universe, and is not inclined to follow anyone's lead (unless it suits him at the time). He is incredible. And he is my spiritual director. The water really wasn't too rough. It was a lovely evening.

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Very pleasant picture. So calm and nice. Beau is a very cute dog. I have seen him in one of your other snaps too

13 Feb 2009 5:25am

@Hema Iyer: Thank you, Hema. Yes, you have seen Beau before. And you will see him one more time in this Coast series.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Great shot of the golden hour which will be followed by what we call the 'blue' hour when the sun has completely set but the colors in the sky are so beautiful when using a long shutterspeed! The man and his dog are at the right place at the right time, beautiful composition and lighting.

13 Feb 2009 5:29am

rem_la from Villiers, France

cette mer que j'aime................elle me manque !!

13 Feb 2009 5:32am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

l'heure où la vie s'apaise !

13 Feb 2009 5:38am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Pure tranquility. Lovely image.

13 Feb 2009 5:49am

Cricket from Huntsville, United States funny. Lord of the Universe. There must be two of them. My dog "Rusty" is the same.

13 Feb 2009 6:02am

Didier from France

Very beautiful sunset great colors great photograph

13 Feb 2009 6:06am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle composition! Une merveilleuse lumière et une couleur chaude! La silhouette du personnage et son chien donnent un plus à cette photo!

13 Feb 2009 6:38am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Qule calme... et de belles couleurs chaudes

13 Feb 2009 6:45am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Lovely shot of a lovely evening :)

13 Feb 2009 6:57am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Pure gold, so beautiful, i like the silhouettes.

13 Feb 2009 7:35am

LeenaM from Joensuu, Finland

It`s calming, healing moment, what you have captured here and words were fine too!

13 Feb 2009 7:35am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Golden indeed! Very impressive landscape, love the little dog

13 Feb 2009 7:50am

ts from Tokyo, Japan

sometimes the sea asks us these quiet questions as well...

brilliant capture here

13 Feb 2009 8:20am

WABIKOJA from Shiga, Japan

Love the details, beautiful shot!

13 Feb 2009 8:31am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

wow,this is really a golden shot,excellent and lovely

13 Feb 2009 8:48am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful landscape with this golden light ! love the quiet scene ! the little dog looks like mine ;-)

13 Feb 2009 9:27am

@Anna.C: Beau is definitely French; he is a Bichon Frische.

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

air tremble and gold colors of the evening, this beach is wearing a beautiful light that dress so well, drawing the silhouettes and the means waves, which photo soothing and sweet, a dream where you is lost.

13 Feb 2009 10:05am

Mathilde from Paris, France

The man and his dog in gold in the morning! it is a wonderful day ahead, thank you

13 Feb 2009 10:12am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Simply beautiful

13 Feb 2009 10:17am

k@ from Paris, France

A painting ! Love the silhouettes over that canvas ~

13 Feb 2009 10:34am

Denise from Perry, United States

Man and his best friend , so perfect. The colors are so golden, beautiful.

13 Feb 2009 10:45am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Fantastic hole in this orange sky !!! Really nice picture

13 Feb 2009 10:56am

Mobius Faith from Akron, Ohio,, United States

Amazing quote. Beautiful image my friend. A retired Episcopal Priest? You are certainly making the most of your time capturing the magic and wonder of creation and how it's evolved. Have a great day and weekend.

13 Feb 2009 11:37am

BoB from Milano, Italy

I would to take a walk there

13 Feb 2009 11:42am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States


I'm sure Beau had a grand time.

13 Feb 2009 12:12pm

@Lesley: He probably would have preferred Jolie to us!

Marcah from United States

A beautiful scene. Love the tones and subject.

13 Feb 2009 12:18pm

Mary from PA, United States

Gorgeous Jack!! I love the ocean...I could listen to the waves and seagulls all day...there is just a peace there that cannot be found anywhere else...

13 Feb 2009 12:24pm

@Mary: Thanks, Mary. You are so right. And it is a primordial peace; it is the womb from which we all have come.

Mary from PA, United States

Gorgeous Jack!! there is such a peace found by the ocean that cannot be found anywhere else!

13 Feb 2009 12:26pm

Mary from PA, United States

Sorry for posting several computer or the site has been weird the last couple of days :) not responding/ or really slow.

13 Feb 2009 12:28pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Such a soothing, peaceful composition! Wish I was there to just sit and watch! Waves look wonderful! Just beautiful, Jack!

13 Feb 2009 12:43pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

such a beautiful shot of a truly Golden hour, I would love to be walking along that beach

13 Feb 2009 12:47pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Truly beautiful! I just love the golden light and subtle tones. The silhouette and light on the dog are amazing.

13 Feb 2009 1:30pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

ohhhhhhhhhh beautifull sepia, great composition

13 Feb 2009 1:48pm

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

I like this golden word beautiful and serene.

13 Feb 2009 2:08pm

Kyle from Manhattan KS, United States

Good quote - very true words. Nice silhouette, and I like the sepia tone for a sunset, very unique.

13 Feb 2009 2:12pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Wow ! What a lovely scene... this one just radiates on my screen... invited me to have a long and slow walk along the beach... looking at the horizon... A wonderful and peaceful scene.

13 Feb 2009 2:16pm

@zOOm: Thank you, Florence. Like you, I find that the simplicity of this image invites me inside of the photograph; there is room for the observer. I'm not certain why, but I am always a little surprised to find that others are emotionally affected by a photograph the same way that I am. You also make me reflect on how much I value the aminus3 community, and it is the heart connections that mean the most. (I am delighted to find that this heart connection is not gender specific!)

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

What a beautiful sunset capture, Jack. Such a warm wonderful glow.

13 Feb 2009 2:24pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Absolutely magnificent, Jack. Beautiful in every sense of the word

13 Feb 2009 2:25pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Awesome shot!

13 Feb 2009 2:26pm

Pranav from Hyderabad, India

beautiful capture of the golden evening!

13 Feb 2009 2:38pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Keep post such beautiful shots, Jack, and I promise we will not stop being enchanted.

13 Feb 2009 2:40pm

@Ajay: Thank you, Ajay; you are too kind. Our 20 hrs. at the Coast was an enchanted time. We are fortunate to live so close.

zOOm from Paris, France

You know Jack, emotions are difficult to tell and write sometimes but as a matter of fact, taking picture helps a lot saying things. I've found lots of "love" in your pictures, if it's possible to use this word when I talk about nature photogaphies... Thus, I know that we share some of these similarities or common values. And beeing a woman or a man has (to my opinion) nothing to do with it... ;-)

13 Feb 2009 2:48pm

@zOOm: First, thank you. And then, Right!

Manel from Girona, Spain

Nice tone color and exellent composition. The man and the dog give strength to the scene

13 Feb 2009 3:08pm

@Manel: Thank you, Manel, but that "man" is Ellie, my wife (we were celebrating our 31st anniversary, a second go around for each of us; if I added up my two adventures in marriage, this year would have been my 50th).

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Truly a magical time of day. Well captured.

13 Feb 2009 3:46pm

Taitt Photography from Chicago, United States

Just wonderful,so tranquil and thought provoking.

13 Feb 2009 3:48pm

alex centrella from California, United States

a golden shot..fantastico !

13 Feb 2009 3:54pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

Absolutely amazing! Your work is just spectacular. =)

13 Feb 2009 4:47pm

@Sarah Schneider Photography: Thank you, Sarah. I have a few more days of spectacular subject matter; then I have to go back to work!!

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A day with ragged edges. best...jerry

13 Feb 2009 5:35pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I love the quality of light and how it casts that gorgeous end-of-the-day golden glow. Having the person and dog is a real bonus in this. Very well done

13 Feb 2009 5:53pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Magic light ! I hope that you'll post a portrait of your dog :))

13 Feb 2009 10:22pm

@Francesc B.: You got it! He's full frame tomorrow!

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Beautiful color and perfect title.

13 Feb 2009 10:23pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Beautiful capture! I love that the sunset light eliminates all other colors. I also love the dog. He brings it all together for me! :)

13 Feb 2009 10:36pm

@Jen: Me too.

marianne from France

I'ld like to be there, just looking light and sea ... what a nice shot !

13 Feb 2009 11:47pm

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

How absolutely beautiful!! I am mesmerised and being drawn to the sea!

14 Feb 2009 1:02am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Amazing light. Absolutely beautiful.

14 Feb 2009 1:11am

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

Talk about a sunset. Fantastic.

14 Feb 2009 2:19am

star_cosmos_bleu/marcel lemieux from Bedford,Qc, Canada

Lovely dreamy capture and great quote....beautiful...the mind is a strong thing...indeed...a good reminder

14 Feb 2009 4:22am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic light and golden colour tone! i like the person and the dog in the frame as well adding a lot of character and interest!

14 Feb 2009 7:35am

el desdichado from Paris, France

du calme et de la force en même temps.
I like it

14 Feb 2009 11:49am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Beautiful and emotional image.
There is a tranquility and loneliness but with a best friend following.
The verse is powerful. I find great strength in
Native writings.

14 Feb 2009 8:21pm

@Barbara: I find strength there too, Barbara.

Bertrand Duhamel from Granby, Canada

Wow ! So warm and peaceful. Beautiful picture Jack !

15 Feb 2009 1:25am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

It is Golden, it's a fabulous shot, excellent light on this.

15 Feb 2009 3:35am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand


15 Feb 2009 9:04am

baobab from Cambridge, United States

this is a lovely shot, john4jack... like so many of yours it sees with the heart and not merely the eyes.

16 Feb 2009 7:40pm

Vink from Grasse - Côte d, France

Beautiful scene of live ! Nice sunset tones !

17 Feb 2009 7:33am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Beautiful photo that evokes a terrific mood. The additon of the dog, walking behind is an excellent detail.

24 Feb 2009 5:40am

Celeb from Madrid, Spain

I love that shot... nice

5 Mar 2009 9:45pm