Friday, October 28, 2011

The Golden Hour in Paris


Good morning! 

There is a term in photography called the golden hour...the first and last hour of sunlight in the day...and it can be quite magical.

I was lucky enough to capture a little bit of the golden hour while in Paris last week.. 

The first day my husband and I were there we were leisurely walking along the River Seine, near Notre Dame, on our way to dinner and I was eager and quite happy to be snapping some pictures...

{the back side of Notre Dame}

It was evening and, at first, it was clear, warm, and sunny...so I started shooting into the sun as I love the effect it gives to pictures...




But as we kept walking, many streets were beginning to darken and the sunlight was fading...


All of a sudden, I noticed that the light was really changing...the last rays of sunshine cast a golden glow wherever they managed to still appear amongst the shadows of surrounding buildings...

 






Before I knew it, the sky was a spectacular shade of pink...and there in the distance was the Eiffel Tower...


None of these photos have been enhanced in Photoshop, this is truly how gorgeous the city looked at this brief moment in time!!  We were in the right place at the right time and I felt completely blessed to be there...



Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!


Tracey

43 comments:

NikAntik said...

Tracey! This is like magic! I have never been to Paris, however, this is what I expect it to be. I think I will put this wish on my list for things which I would like to do before I die... Thank you so much for these impressions. Wonderful weekend for you, too, Nik

Lili said...

Oh Tracey, your images capture such a beautiful emotion. That last one is so romantic. Just looking at them, I'm sure you feel transported back. So glad you had a wonderful time. xoxo ~Lili

Inspire Me Heather said...

Lovely photos Tracey, it looks beautiful there in Paris!

Fiona said...

Ooh, lovely photos. I got engaged on that bridge looking onto the back side of notre dame!
Have a great weekend
Cheers Fiona
www.lilyfieldlife.blogspot.com

labergerebasque said...

The last image is truly breathtaking :)

time worn interiors said...

Your photos are lovely!

I haven't been to Paris is a very long time, but I think that is about to change. I feel a trip coming on very soon!

tot

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Tracey,
The rosy glow of Paris, it is true isn't it? What great weather we had here last week, so glad you had a marvelous time!
Bonne week-end,
Mimi

traci said...

absolutely gorgeous. i am glad you had a wonderful time.

Donna said...

It is truly magical! I can tell by your descriptions you felt the same! What a blessing!

Rebecca said...

Wow...just magical. What a gift you were given.
awwww Paris... wishing I was back.
Blessings to you my dear
RE

Kris said...

Your pictures certainly did catch the magic! Made me gasp! Thanks for sharing them.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I'm so glad to hear you had such a fabulous time in Paris, Tracey! How could you not...
All of the photos from this post and your last are just stunning! What a beautiful city!
xo,
Jo

d e l i g h t said...

Absolutley gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs. Brings back so many memories for me!

Lara said...

Such beauty! I love the into-the-sunlight pics, too! Thank you for the virtual tour. :-)

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Oh my, what a beautiful city! Those are some great photos, Tracey, with such amazing light.

Mona Kay at Blissfully Refurbished said...

How beautifully captured!! Just gorgeous! So glad you shared them with us...

found and sewn said...

How lovely to go to Paris..beautiful photos

songskatesang said...

Oh, these are lovely! Very, very beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

MariCrea said...

Amazing pictures
have a nice weekend
Mari

TheCrankyCrow said...

Wow Tracey - you really captured some magic there!! Brought back lost memories....I stayed right across from Notre Dame and had that same view....And the light is a little more golden in Paris it seems...Nothing like it....Happy Friday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Villa König said...

WOW gorgeous pics of Paris!!! Hugs Yvonne

Carole said...

All incredible photos but that last one is magical indeed!

xx
Carole

flowerlady464 said...

Stunning photos...would love to go someday!

Cedar Cottage said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you for showing us the beauty of Paris and inspiring me to one day visit there.

Heaven's Walk said...

I think we're all just soaking up those photos like sponges, Tracey! For those of us who have never been to that beautiful city, are sitting here in awe with our chins in our laps. lol! Thank you so much for sharing! Let's see some more! :)

xoxo laurie

Teagarden said...

Great photos!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Markus

Looking Glass said...

Amazing photos, Tracey!

~ Clare x

Leah C said...

Your photos are magical, Tracey!! Paris never looked more gorgeous:)

Lulu and Co. said...

Tracey, captured autumn in Paris!!! Oh my goodness it's glorious!!!
xo,
Lulu

piggy said...

Beautiful!

Suz said...

This is absolutely stunning. We just returned from a barge trip down the Canal du Midi. The best trip of our lives!
Fondly,
Suz

Greenmare said...

someday I will see that in person and take pictures too. Tres belle!!!

Lululiz said...

Aaaah, more beautiful photographs of this amazing place.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh Tracey, dream trip and dream photos! Lucky girl.

I just finished reading your Artful Blogging article, it's wonderful! I am so honored to be sharing the issue with you!

XOXO,
Anne

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

P.S.
You were also spammed by the loser going around leaving "Boycott American Women" comments. He makes the rounds, apparently doesn't have a life...or a woman. Small wonder!

Thought you'd want to know and delete!

XO,
Anne

Marge said...

Beautiful photos!!
Now I can remember our journey to Paris through your lovely photos!:)We were in Paris in the spring:)
Have a nice week to you!
Marge

Jeanneoli said...

All of the pinks are gorgeous!

Funkytime said...

congratulations on your artful blogging feature;-)

Cindy Adkins said...

One word - wow! ...and suddenly I understand why everyone should see Paris at least once in their lifetime. Thank you for sharing.
Cindy

Eliza Freitas said...

Aiiii Paris, a cidade mais charmosa e romântica do mundo!!!
Infelizmente ainda não conheço Paris, mas estou fazendo planos para uma viagem até a Europa e com certeza Paris irei conhecer!!!

Beijos

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Wow Paris is so beautiful place dude. I wish I could visit it once.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous photos! May I repost the one at sunset? I will give you full credit, of course, with a link back to your blog.

Tracey said...

Melissa you are welcome to repost the sunset picture. Thanks for asking!

:) T