Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This weeks photo challenge is the golden hour… that time of day when the sun is rising to herald new possibilities, when the air is fresh and the world is quiet… when you can breathe deeply, ready for whatever challenges or adventures come your way… or when the sun is setting, the air is warm but there’s a lovely welcome, gentle breeze and you close your eyes and exhale… reflecting on the day as it closes its sleepy eyes.

These were all taken on Dartmoor, Devon in Oct last year...

These were all taken on Dartmoor, Devon in Oct last year, one of my favourite places…

It was very early (and cold) but we were on a mission...

It was very early (and cold) but we were on a mission…

My Mum had recently done a degree & had graduated with a 2.1 and wanted to celebrate...

My Mum had recently gained a 2.1 in her degree and wanted to celebrate…

By greeting the sunrise on Dartmoor and toasting with Champagne...

By greeting the sunrise on Dartmoor and toasting with Champagne…

We were rewarded with this gorgeous sunrise after having rain for most of the week and walked back down the hills somewhat merrier than we went up them...!

We were rewarded with gorgeous rays of sunshine streaming through the clouds after having rain for most of the week and walked back down the hills somewhat merrier than we went up them…!

I love the steam rising from the hillside as the morning sun dries the rain soaked earth

I love the steam rising from the hillside as the morning sun dries the rain-soaked earth…

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Su Leslie
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 03:56:35

    Lovely photos. They really captured the stillness and isolation of the moor.

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  2. newbloggycat
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 04:23:48

    Beautiful pics of sunrise/sunset. It’s true the best gifts or moments in life are free 🙂

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  4. thehappyhugger
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 15:34:13

    These are such lovely golden hours pictures!

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    • theamateurcamera
      Jul 19, 2013 @ 16:31:03

      Thank you! It was a struggle getting up that early but so worth it when you’re standing on top of a hill, the air is lovely and fresh, then the sun shines through the clouds and makes you feel incredibly invigorated and so alive! Glad you enjoyed them! 😀

      Reply

  5. Pecora Nera
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 17:37:47

    Fantastic pics, I might try dragging Mrs Sensible out in the early morning, if I can have a glass of Champagne.

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  6. MontgomeryFest
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 11:22:55

    fantastic!! each shot…cheers!

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  7. lisatenzindolma
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 19:15:31

    Such beautiful photos!

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Quotes that speak to my soul…

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever...
it remembers little things,
long after you have forgotten everything." - Aaron Siskind

"You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes." - Ernst Haas

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by Dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
- Steve Jobs

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”
― Robert Frank

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