Summer Solstice 2017

I’m the kind of person who enjoys being mindful of the seasons and when to plant . . .when to sow and when to plow the fields under and prepare them for the planting season. No . . .I am not an agriculturist, I’m  a commercial photographer .. however I feel  that being  aware of the time of year and the influences/suggestions  that nature serves up to us,  is worth exploring.

I haven’t send out  any mailers since the first of the year .. and having missed all the obvious ones.   .i.e Easter, Mother’s Day ,Father’s Day, Memorial Day, etc . .I decided to set up a three month schedule for the summer.

So .. the is the first of three concept images.  The summer solstice had to be about the sun, however, the sun is not an  easy subject to photograph. The effects of the sun on a tree seemed to be the way to go. I experimented with flowers (Crepe Myrtles), shooting up thru the  flowers up at the sun, however, did not like the results. So . . .  below is my version of the sun’s effect on the leaves and branches of a large shade tree as shot from beneath the tree looking up.   I used HDR imaging techniques to layer two  different exposures with two different color  temperatures to come up with the version you see below .


High Dynamic Range (HDR) Image technique allowed detail in shadow areas while maintaining detail in the highlight areas of this scene

Things About the June Solstice:

 There is a Summer & Winter Solstice   

In the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight, the June Solstice is also called the Summer Solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, it is the shortest day of the year and is known as the Winter Solstice.

This is the First Solstice of the Year

Solstices happen twice a year – in June and December. The June Solstice happens around June 21, when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. The December Solstice takes place around December 21. On this day, the Sun is precisely over the Tropic of Capricorn

It’s the First Day of Summer

The meteorological summer begins on 01 June 2017 and ends on 31 August 2017. This year the astronomical summer begins on 20 June 2017 and ends on 22 September 2017. The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. The solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

The Earth is Farthest from the Sun

One might think that since it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is closest to the Sun during the June Solstice. But it’s the opposite. The Earth is actually farthest from the Sun during this time of the year.

It’s an Ancient Celebration . . . . Celebrated Around the World

Celebrations surrounding the June Solstice have a time-honored history. In ancient times, the date of the June Solstice was used to organize calendars and as a marker to figure out when to plant and harvest crops. Traditionally, this time of year was also popular for weddings.

Check out this Time Lapse of the sun moving through the leaves of a large shade tree.