...For those in the northern hemisphere. The days stop getting shorter from now on. Slowly at first, admittedly, but I'm just...(wait a minute, I'm not allowed to say that any more).
Good light and happy solstice to you.
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Andy F: "An interesting article from the BBC: 'Why do mornings still get darker after the winter solstice?'"
David B adds to Andy's comment: "Another, perhaps better, explanation for why sunrise is still getting later each morning can be found here. In any case, the later sunrises have been working in my favor as I try to get up for early morning photos. And the low sun angle at this time of the year results in great light for more hours in the day."
Mike replies: Good point.
Øyvind Hansen: Where I am in Norway sunrise was at 09:44 today, with sunset at 15:29. The weather is rainy and dark much of the time, stealing away what little daylight there is. Outdoor photography is still a few months away, but it is good to know we are starting to get there. Of course in the northern parts of the country the sun doesn't come up at all during winter."
Dan Smith: "Finally, after nine years of trying I got the Winter Solstice image I have been after. I can get it for a couple weeks before and after the day but have wanted it on the correct day since I first saw the possibility.
"An old barn within 20 minutes of us has a great old windmill that casts a shadow across the face for a couple weeks before and after the solstice. The wind vanes have to be in the right orientation for the shadow to travel across the barn as a full shadow and the sky has to cooperate without clouds covering the sun.
"Finally yesterday I got my triptych of the shadow on either side and the middle of the front of the barn. Right after finishing the breeze blew in a cloud bank from the east and the whole sky socked in. I'll get a few 'better' shadow shots over the next couple weeks as the shadow moves up higher and with luck we finally get snow to pile up on the roof and on the barn. At least now I have the images actually on the solstice—worth waiting for.
"Pixelography or film doesn't matter—getting the shot does."