Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Finding the GoldenHour

Filed under: Art,Fun,Ooo, shiny...,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:36 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Do you know what the Golden Hour is?

No, it’s not the hour after sex.
And, actually, it’s two hours.  The so-called Golden Hour is the hour right at sunrise and sunset when the light is “perfect” for photography.  It’s when the light is even and indirect and the most flattering.  In other words, it’s just when you want to take beautiful, wonderful pictures of your favorite lover so as to remember them perfectly forever.
But, as lovely as that is, I’m a geek, so I was more excited about the software tool/webapp that helps you find the Golden Hour in your location, called, oddly enough, The Golden Hour Calculator.

So, there it is, the best light, especially for outdoor photography, where ever you happen to be in the world.  Go figure out your local Golden Hour and then get your camera to work!


  1. That’s really cool and I want to use it but I can’t figure it out.

    Comment by lauren — 11/6/2009 @ 7:59 am

  2. You have to zoom in on the map, of if you’re in Houston, try using 29.912/-95.545. Then, on the bottom, where all the squares are, find the red or green one that’s highlighted. That’s today. When you click on it, you should see a red line on the graphic where all the Sun positions are. That represents “now”. Today’s two Golden Hours are in, uh, gold.
    Also, there’s a tab labeled “How to use this site” that probably explains it better than I just did.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/6/2009 @ 3:24 pm

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