the Golden Hour

Every photographer will tell you, the morning or evening light is the best. They even have a name for it, the Golden Hour; roughly the hour after sunrise or before sunset. This is when the sun is low above the horizon, and then the light is the warmest, giving the most beautiful mood to the pictures.

Golden ‘Hour’ in the pack ice – 24mm, 1/2500s, f/8, ISO 800

However, how does this work when there is no sunrise or sunset? In Spitsbergen, we still haven’t had a sunset this summer (although it will come soon). But that’s only better news for photographers, as the sun is for most of the night low above the horizon, resulting in a very long golden hour. Depending on the situation and time of year, this can last from 22:00 to 04:00 or even later. These pictures were taken at 08:00, and the light was still gorgeous.


Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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