28 August 2013 by Dianne Tipping-Woods

Inspired by golden light

Golden light is the photographer’s ambrosia, that particular radiance that, if captured, can elevate a photograph from good to great.

I took this picture near Satara in the Kruger National Park early one morning in June after some unseasonable rain the night before

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.

An Egyptian goose and gosling on the S100 in Kruger National Park in the early morning light

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.

Morning landscape near Satara in the Kruger National Park
A young elephant bull close to Phalaborwa in the early evening light
A flamingo at West Coast National Park in the late afternoon
Almost sunset at cottage 3 at Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge
Late afternoon at Botha House in KwaZulu-Natal
This little bug on my car bonnet became something more, thanks to the quality of the light
Late afternoon in the Tankwa Karoo National Park. Taken by Joël Roerig.
Oribi Gorge in the early evening
Mopane leaves in the morning sun in Kruger National Park.
Geelbek Hide at West Coast National Park
Golden light in the Piketberg mountains
Golden light is great for detail shots
Theresa and Christopher Bakker in the morning sun
A Mapungubwe baobab in the late afternoon light

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