The first thing I thought of when I saw the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge was one of my favorite films ‘Days of Heaven’. It’s a Terrence Malick film that was filmed mostly during the last hour or so of daylight on each day of filming. The blueish-pinkish skies make each scene look more like an oil painting rather than film. I saw that films years ago and I’ve been trying to take a lot of photos during that time of day ever since. While I’m sure I’ll never be able to take any photos that would approach the cinematography of a Terrence Malick film, here’s a few ‘Magic Hour’ shots from some of our recent travels. (Yes, I know, I just like the term ‘Magic Hour’ better.)
Sunset over Vineyard Haven harbor, Martha’s Vineyard
Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico – This one is a bit blurry since it was very cold, maybe 25 degrees or so and my hands were getting very cold!
In a canyon near the Rio Grande river in New Mexico. This was taken on Christmas Day, near sunset.
A late in the day trip to a beach on Martha’s Vineyard. In just a few minutes the sky will turn black and sheets of rain will come pouring down. The mystery of why the beach was empty is solved! I guess everyone had checked the weather report before going to the beach, I forgot to check myself.
This is one of my favorites. Taken on a recent trip to Seattle. The little figures are Mr. C and Ms. J are racing around the International Fountain at the base of the Space Needle. I’m not sure why the place was so deserted, it was a little eerie. The eerie silence was soon broken by the echoing sound of Mr. C yelling ‘Looooook at Meeeeeeeeeee!!!!!” as he raced around the fountain.
This one was taken on the ferry ride back from Martha’s Vineyard.
OK, just one more. Here’s a closer view of that fountain shot above.
‘Dada!, Dada!, Dada!, Loooooooook At Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!’