The Pont d’Avignon in France

This world famous bridge, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, straddles the Rhone River in Avignon, France. The bridge was built around 1180 AD but fell into disrepair over the years until it was abandoned in the 16th century. When it was built, it was the only fixed river crossing between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea.   It also formed the only river crossing between the Comtat Venaissin (an enclave controlled by the Pope in Avignon), and France proper under the authority of the King of France.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

I’m a big fan of the “Golden Hour”- but the hour near sunset more so than sunrise. The light can be magical and create an almost live painting. If the light is really good, no need to worry at all about the shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

The picture below was taken without camera adjustments in Amsterdam. It was less than an hour before sunset with great light and colour.

Amsterdam Canal by marktravel

Just to prove that it really is about the light, here’s a couple of more pictures, both taken with an iPhone 4s, (Niagara Falls and Jamaica at sunset). Simple pictures with great, natural light taken during the “golden hour”.

Niagara Falls Canada at twilight by marktravel

Jamaica at sunset by marktravel