The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset is called ‘the Golden Hour’ because it provides possibly the best quality of light. When the ‘altitude’ of the sun in the sky is below about 10° its rays have to pass through more atmosphere than during the rest of the day which reduces the light’s intensity.  This produces a warm reddish light which is not so harsh and subjects are more vibrant and bask in a soft, golden glow giving the image a magical effect.  Well that’s the photographic definition of the term ‘The Golden Hour’.  Here I’ll sum it up for you in images.  Taken at sunrise in Rimini, Italy which faces East across the Mediterranean it’s the perfect spot to capture the dawning of a new day over a calm ocean…

Rimini Dawn

Rimini Dawn

Rimini Dawn

Rimini Dawn

Rimini Dawn

Rimini Dawn

This post is part of the ‘weekly photo challenge‘ The Golden Hour