‘THE MAGIC HOUR’

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - Pho­tos and text by Jerry Jack­son

Tran­si­tions from day to night and night to day are spe­cial — par­tic­u­larly for pho­tog­ra­phers. We of­ten re­fer to the hour that strad­dles a sun­rise or sun­set as “the magic hour.” At sun­set, light is fil­tered through more of the earth’s at­mos­phere, bathing ev­ery­thing in a warm glow. Then, as the shad­ows take over, twi­light ush­ers in in­creas­ingly cooler hues.

Last week, I spent a “magic hour” cir­cling 1,000 feet above Bal­ti­more in a small plane. While my as­sign­ment was to cap­ture the city sky­line when twi­light bal­anced with the city lights, I was com­pelled to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery minute.

Bal­ti­more City lights add warmth to the blue of twi­light on the east side of down­town Bal­ti­more. As the shad­ows take over, evening ush­ers in in­creas­ingly cooler hues.

The Pat­ter­son Park Pagoda is sur­rounded by trees show­ing var­i­ous stages of fall fo­liage.

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