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Golden Hour Photography Class - Torrey Pines Reserve

Upper Area Trails - Hike and Shoot!


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Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 5:30 PM

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Nearest Address: 12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Price: $15/per person



This is Part 1 of our 3 part Golden Hour Class.


Part 1: we will be imaging in the upper part or Torrey Pines, through the trails overlooking the ocean.


Part 2: Will be focused on beach photography. Walking and shooting along Torrey Pines beach.


Part 3: Join us in a 2 hour image processing class. Now that you have the photos, learn the techniques in photoshop on how to really make your photos shine!!



What is Golden Hour?


One of my absolute favorite times to photograph anything is a time of day called the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour occurs during the time just before sunset, and just after sunrise. When the sun is lower in the sky, near the horizon, it must travel through more of the atmosphere, reducing the intensity of direct light and thus reducing the contrast in the scene. More blue light is scattered, so sunlight will appear reddish and shadows won’t be as deep as when the sun is higher in the sky. In addition, the lower angle of the sun creates longer shadows, which can add interest to images. 





















Golden Hour for Landscapes 


The Golden Hour is also perfect for shooting landscapes.  The light creates depth by casting long shadows and defining the character of the landscape.  I will often try to put the sun to my side when shooting Golden Hour landscapes. This allows the light to rake across the landscape and create shadows where the surface changes, or create greater detail in grasses, or trees, creating more apparent detail and sharpness than if the light was from the front. 

Contact Information:


Maxwell Palau


Cell & Text: (619) 770-5255




Important Notes:


We will be meeting up at 5:30 at the bench area just past the main entrance of the reserve. 


Golden hour begins at 6:26. We we to be up the hill and taking shots by then.


Recommened Items to Take:


DSLR camera & extra batteries! 

Light tripod or monopod

Mosquito repellant



Hiking boots
Notepad & pen/voice recorder

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