Golden hour walks, those minutes just preceding and following sunset, can be so inspiring. Contrasts are enhanced, colors just pop, the sky takes on a heavenly glow and on frequent occasion the winds settle to a mere whisper. During those instants, sounds are ultra-clear and seem to travel for miles. I really feel at peace during those moments. It’s almost like you are walking with God.
I was on my return leg of such a walk a few nights ago when I noticed the distant trees reflecting off of the placid water. I slid down the bank to get closer to the water surface in order to lengthen my angle of view. It was getting darker by the second and I knew I wouldn’t have long to capture the deepening blue skies as, well you guessed, I forgot my tripod again. So after locking down the ISO, setting the aperture for a strong depth of field and taking a few test shots – it was time. I took a couple of long breaths, braced myself and snapped off a number of shots at 1/3 second. Simultaneously you could hear the Canada Geese honking their way home from feeding. The reverberation of their calls complemented the reflection of the trees and completed these echoes in blue.