Corinthian Moonset

 “From her immortal head a radiance is shown from heaven and embraces earth; and great is the beauty that arises from her shining light.” Homeric Hymn to Selene

There are two special times of the day that are very important to film makers and photographers. It is called magic hour, the moments before the sun rises and after it sets. It is the only time of day that light is purely ambient.

I always say I’m going to get up at magic hour, but always find an excuse not to. But finding myself in a bit of a rut and determined to break routine, I dragged myself out of bed at 6am after only 3 hours of sleep.

Wrapped in two layers of clothes, armed with my tripod and camera, I ventured out into the Loutraki winds,  much to the amusement of my early bird neighbors.

The timing was perfect.  A full moon was setting behind Corinth as the usually calm sea was raging with waves creating an ambient atmosphere.  Magic hour felt literally magical.


MoonsetAncient Greeks and the Moon

In Greek Mythology,  Selene was the moon goddess who would ride her chariot across the night sky. Selene was later identified with Artemis and her twin brother, Helios (Sun),  was later identified with Apollo.

But later, Ancient Greek philosophers began to propose that the moon was a sphere orbiting the Earth and moonlight reflected sunlight. They also theorized that the dark areas of the moon were seas while the bright regions were land.  Though the ancients  recorded much about the moon,  most of their observations are sadly lost to us today.



The Beauty of Life

Yet still, it is a wonder to look up at the Moon, Sun, and all the elements and try to imagine what the ancients were thinking. It is also a reminder. This world is so full of beauty and mystery, we can always find inspiration to explore, dream, and ask more questions. This is a  perfect antidote to escaping a rut.

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