Chelsea GarechtLonely Planet author
In travel photography, light can either be your best friend or a horribly mismatched travel companion. The way the light enters and consumes the scene can either enhance or diminish the destination’s beauty. The best travel photographers know how to spot and utilize the ‘right light’, making their photos leap off the page and irresistible to fellow travelers.
The light at the very beginning and end of each day – the so-called ‘golden hour’ – is the most popular among photographers, and works particularly well with city photos. The low-angled light, the long shadows, the contrasting light and dark, and the vivid colors of dawn and dusk allow a city’s beauty to shine through (no pun instead), without all the hustle and bustle of surrounding tourists and residents getting in the way.
Take a look at following 15 dusk and dawn photos of cities around the world that have been submitted to the Capture the City photo competition so far that really showcase this magical time of day.
These and many more shots from all times of day are currently being entered into our Capture the City photo competition. Enter now with your own photo for a chance to win a travel voucher plusyour photo might be featured on the cover of a Lonely Planet city or pocket city guide. (Hurry! Contest ends June 13, 2012 11:59pm PDT.)