Magic hour over Baltimore

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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 had the opportunity to spend a “magic hour” circling 1000 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.