Penticton photographer captures golden hour

John Poon took part in capturing the golden hour with photographers across Canada.

A photo submitted by Penticton photographer John Poon in a nationwide photo collection capturing the famed golden hour of photography.

A photo submitted by Penticton photographer John Poon in a nationwide photo collection capturing the famed golden hour of photography.

Beautiful British Columbia was captured during the golden sunrise/sunset hours by photographers participating in a project to snapshot Canada.

Photographers from 10 B.C. cities, including Invermere, Kelowna, Penticton, Saanich, Surrey, Terrace, Vancouver and White Rock were among dozens more across Canada who took images of everything from skylines to landscapes to nature on Saturday, June 4.

The project was led by Posterjack, an online printing company, and company president Tim Faught said every year his firm tries to do something to give back to the photographic community in Canada. Canada’s Golden Hour was inspired, he said, by the 1980s book A Day in the Life of Canada, a photo project sponsored by Nikon.

“They look amazing,” Faught said of the submissions. “Considering the constraints that they had to take it on that specific day, an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset, it’s pretty challenging depending on the weather and the lighting conditions. I was blown away by the photos that came in.”

Penticton photographer John Poon was up at 4 a.m. to give himself enough time to capture the sunrise  photo he entered into the project.

“It’s sort of a lifestyle most landscape photographers are used to. Any picture of a beautiful landscape, the photographer has been stalking that area for years maybe,” Poon said with a laugh.

He met with the owner of the Blue Mountain Winery while scouting the area, and he was receptive to the project, allowing Poon on his property in the early morning hours to get just the right shot. Something Poon was very grateful for.

He had to climb up a bit of hillside for the stunning shot, which was in his words “a little dangerous.” But Poon is one put himself through anything to get the perfect shot.

“Anyone who tells you photography is not hard work is not doing it right,” Poon laughed.

To see more visit www.canadasgoldenhour.com.

With files from Martin van den Hemel, BC Local News