Long days and short nights in Alberta

silosmallLiving as far north as we do in Alberta a change in the seasons drastically affects the length of our days. During the shortest days of winter, the sun rises at 8:45 a.m. and sets around 4:15 p.m. That is short. We seem to be coming and going to school and work in the dark.

The upside is that now at this time of year in Edmonton, the sun rises at 5:12 a.m. and sets at 10:03 p.m. Wow!  At this time of the year instead of the sun dropping below the horizon and it quickly getting dark, for most of the night the northern sky has a glow. It’s never totally black at night. Dark but not winter dark.

How is this good for photography? My favorite times of the day to shoot are around sunrise and sunset. When the sun sets now on the prairie, there is plenty of time to look for interesting silhouettes and shapes. Prairie icons. Granaries, barns, even cattle.

Enjoy the long summer days. They’re golden for photography.

Happy shooting,


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~ by Dan Jurak on July 5, 2009.

4 Responses to “Long days and short nights in Alberta”

  1. Yeah, when I was growing up in Montana, the summers were always nice. Lots of light. :)

  2. Great sky in this. I just wish summer lasted a whole lot longer than it does.

  3. So, the ‘Golden Hour’ is actually 1.4 or 1.5 hours in your summer season? ;-)

  4. We’re not as far north as you, but our relatively long days here in the Pacific Northwest lend themselves to some great photos. As a school employee, I am a little more free to take advantage of them.

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