The new Canadian Museum for Human Rights has changed Winnipeg’s skyline once more. It’s been a decade now since the Esplanade Riel Bridge was completed and offered onlookers a very different look of the city skyline from the east end. The two major ‘architectural wonders’ are situated on either side of the famous Red River, linking downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface, Canada’s largest francophone community outside Quebec.
The time of day one photographs has a definite impact on how the light colors the subject being photographed. These three images of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg illustrate this very well. From left to right, the images were made at 5:50 AM, 6:39 AM and 10:15 AM respectively. As the sun rises above the horizon, the color of the light is very warm, ranging from pinkish to yellowish to more orange, depending on other weather conditions. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the light becomes more neutral and much cooler! The color of light also has a definite bearing on one’s mood; I always have a ‘warm and fuzzy’ or cheerful feeling early or late in the day when the light is also warmer in color. It’s not that I particularly like getting up at 4:30 AM to make those sunrise photographs, it’s just the price I pay to be an outdoor photographer. Once I’m up though, all is good!