Golden Hour Explained:
The phenomenon of golden hour is a type of light, roughly the hour after sunrise and before sunset each day. The light during this time is at a low angle from the sun nearing the horizon. Atmospheric conditions make the suns rays warm in color, soft and directional.
In simpler terms this means that if you photograph one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset your images will look "better." If you stand with the sun directly behind you, and your subject in front of you the light will be warm and glowing on your subject. Conversely, if you stand facing the sun with your subject in front of you, the light create a beautiful silhouette like the photo above.
Mastering "golden hour" can take snapshots to photographs as mastering light is the foundation of photography.
Below are examples of different light of a male American Widgeon. The upper two images are during golden hour and the latter two are regular afternoon light. Can you see the difference in color?
Hopefully this helps you understand light a little bit better.
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