Inspired by golden light
It animates, it infuses and it paints the world with light. It is generally, but not always, the first and last hour of sunlight during the day, when the quality of the light briefly lends its beauty to you and your subject, whether it's a person, a landscape or an animal.
Golden light is the photographer’s ambrosia, that particular radiance that, if captured, can elevate a photograph from good to great.
Earlier in August, Wild Eye, a South Africa-based tour operator that offers photographic safaris in South Africa and southern Africa, asked members of its online photographic community for images inspired by 'golden light'. Wild Eye’s 'Be Inspired By' series is a popular and structured way to share and talk about the thousands of gorgeous images that people take around South Africa and further afield.
Each Friday on the Wild Eye Facebook page, its photographers select a theme (destination, style of photography, technique or topic) and share their own photographs, with some thoughts on the image. Wild Eye also invite its community to share images to the Wild Eye page or via Twitter and Instagram, using the #BeInspiredBy and #WildEyeSA hash tags.
It's as easy and fun as Wild Eye claims, but be warned – you’re likely to lose yourself for a few hours in the many gorgeous submissions received. (Click here for the top five entries inspired by golden light).
In fact, I lost a whole afternoon to them, which got me thinking about the many mornings and evenings I have lost (and plan to lose) to the particular magic of golden light.
Here are some of the results – pictures from all over South Africa that, technicalities aside, try to capture a mood, a tone or a story that, in that moment of radiance, is beautiful.