The golden hour. Every photographer or those who want to be, have heard those words. The golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. The golden hour can be wonderful, or it can be a challenge to work with. It depends on where you are standing, or what the camera angle is in relation to the subject and the sun. In the above image I knew the sun was going to be a challenge. I wanted the monks walking on their rounds and I liked the arch the jungle was making over the road. I like this image and the effect of the light, even though I may have prefered a half hour earlier, at the end of what is called the blue hour and just before sunrise when the light is diffused and not nearly as harsh. Or a lightly overcast morning which also diffuses the light in a wonderful way. However beggars can’t be choosers most of the time, so I chose a spot where the sun was not giving me any sun flare and shot. That is the important thing, conditions will seldom be perfect, and a less than perfect shot gives the feeling of realism. There will be other days to shoot in a more diffused light, as this scene happens almost every day here in rural Thailand.
The first thing I came across on my walk this morning was a few men enjoying a morning beverage.
A little further down the narrow road was a Set of Spirit Houses. These are done quite nicely and refreshed with food and beverages daily.
I waited until the monks had almost finished their alms walk down this road and snapped another quick photo. The monks day-glow orange robes and the green jungle always makes for a nice color contrast.
There was not much else happening in my little world this morning, so I headed back home for my 2nd cup of coffee.