Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is The Golden Hour.

DSC_0265 cropped smallWhen I saw this week’s theme, I thought, how timely! For today (and tomorrow) is the second round of this year’s Manhattanhenge, the culmination of a very special golden hour in Manhattan. (Here are the photos from the first round of Manhattanhenge in May, and from 2011.) And I was going to urge all New Yorkers reading this post to go and see it. And even-out-of towners—you’ve still got a few hours to get on that plane so as to be in Manhattan by 8: 23 PM EDT ;-)

Unfortunately, a solid overcast, with occasional showers and thunderstorms, is forecast for both today and tomorrow. Indeed, as I write this, the rain is already beginning.

It will be a wash.

So, instead, here is another golden hour that I remember fondly.

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It was last summer, during our kayak circumnavigation of Long Island. We were camped at the easternmost point of Long Island, at Montauk, in a grove of trees that faced the rising sun. The light that flooded our camp that morning was truly golden. And equally golden was the extra hour of sleep that we allowed ourselves that morning after our exertions of the day before

Two more golden hours are here and here.

82 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

  1. My family and I did take advantage of a long lay over at JFK and took a car into Manhattan earlier this week. We experienced one of those steamy down pours but unfortunately missed the opportunity to view the stunning sunset you portray here. It was a fun trip though!

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    • Manhattan always has something to offer! But it would have been too early for Manhattanhenge proper, which strictly happens on only one day each time. Still, you would have gotten an idea of what it’s like, if it hadn’t been raining. Next time! :-)

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  4. Lovely pictures of the golden hour! Every time I’ve been camping it’s been great to wake up to the sunrise – it’s so natural. Manhattanhenge looks very special too. Hoping to experience it one day…

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  5. Stunning shots Vlad!

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  6. I love the first photo ! :-)

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  7. Great representation of the golden hour and challenge love the images looking through your tent
    I’m inviting you to join us on a regular photo tour link up on Mondays called Travel Photo Mondays, take a look

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  9. The picture of the sunset in the lake, with the trees silhouette and the canoes, is marvelous!

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    Love the long shot down the avenue.

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  15. Fantastic shots.

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  16. Amazing pictures!
    It’s a golden hour every time you publish a new post! :)

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  19. Wish I get to see the first round… in the near future! Stunning shots!

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  20. Truly golden. I think I could post 10000 sunsets. Trying to restrain myself :)
    Clumsyfool is right !

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  21. Manhattenhenge looks stunning!

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  23. I love all the pictures here! But particularly 1,3 and the last one.

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  24. Thank you!
    your pics are so beautiful … and stunning!

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  25. Bummer about your rain but enjoyed your alternative shots!

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  26. Vlad, beautiful pictures as always! I was in the city this evening, and it was raining….

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    • Yes, and it looks like it will still be mostly cloudy tonight… perhaps a slight chance to see Manhattanhenge for those who are desperate. But we’ll be otherwise occupied (paddling, of course). Thanks, Shaanthz!

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  28. Oh! Those ones from the tent are great. A wonderful way to start the day. :)

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  29. Good Evening: 3 & 5 look great. How did you take them? Vonn Scott Bair

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    • Thanks!! During this trip, I only had my waterproof cameras with me—I think these were all taken with a Pentax Optio W90. I was just wandering around our campsite at sunrise, then inside the tent… Nothing very special :-)

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  30. Loved every single photo! Wish I can visit Manhattan someday.

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  31. Beautiful photos.

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  33. Beautiful photos. I haven’t been to New York in years – I should get on a plane and do it!

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  35. Manhattanhenge – great name for a great photo-event!

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  36. Manhattanhenge – thx for introducing this :D

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  37. oh this makes me want to go camping!!

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  38. Love that fourth one Vlad, but I’d like to know when you plan to return my tent? :-)

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    • Johna Till Johnson

      Oh, that’s YOUR tent, Jeff! Was wondering where it came from … :-). Sadly, it seems to have sprung a leak, so it is soon to become an ex-tent.

      On another note, love, love, LOVE your calendar!! LOVE IT!!

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      • Thank you very much! I just wish my brain was firing on all cylinders when I put it together. You may have noticed by now that I forgot to put all the holidays in there, oops! I’ve been working on my 2014 calendar already, and won’t make that mistake again :-)

        Too bad about the tent. Good ones aren’t cheap, I’ve been pricing lighter ones, and I’ve decided that the 20+ lbs I’ve recently lost more than makes up for the extra weight in my pack.

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    • Actually, that tent is already an ex-tent. I can’t even remember how old it was—at least twenty years. And on our last few trips we came to dread any thunderstorm, or even a modest shower, as we knew from abundant experience that it would soon be raining more inside the tent than out… We suffered stoically, but finally we had enough, and abandoned the tent at the end of our most recent trip through Florida. So now it’s presumably in some landfill in central Florida…. Sorry, Jeff!

      Now we just have to remember to buy a new tent before our next trip ;-)

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      • Yes, Johna already mentioned that. In fact my version is close to that old as well, and I’ve recently reacquired it from the person who bought it from my wife and I a long time ago. Still appears to be in great shape, and has so far kept the rain out. Though I really need to reseal the seams and treat the rain fly.

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  41. So lovely! I will have to put Manhattanhenge on my bucket list! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my Golden Hour challenge photos :-)

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  43. I love those crazy looking trees…and your tent is “golden”…

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