Somewhere in upstate New York, there is an abandoned factory in the center of a nearby village. It’s owner is attempting to renovate it, but in the meantime it stares silent and crumbling over the heads of the nearby peaked roofs. It was late in the day when I drove by, and the last rays of the setting sun were touching its uppermost tower. I attached a 50mm prime lens and managed to snap a signature image at ISO 100.
Magic hour, golden hour, whatever you call it, the first and last hours of sunshine provide lighting quality you won’t find at any other times of day. If the sky is cloudless enough to admit sunlight at those times, the atmosphere’s refraction couples with the angle of incidence on your subject can turn almost any object into an instant work of art. In this case, the gray face of the factory tower turned into a castle’s turret out of an Arthurian dream.
Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/9, 1/80