Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Striking Gold

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Striking Gold

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For decades, great film directors have coveted the "golden hour." that elusive period of time between when the sun begins to set to its point of departure against a dark and distant horizon. Sunlight during this time has become shorthand for romance and drama on the big screen, acting as an unseen cast member that kisses extra warmth into the actors and sets its touches. George Barner, regional outdoor recreation coordinator for South Central Region State Parks in Pennsylvania, knows all too well the truly magical quality of light at sunset, and it's inspired him to pick up his personal camera more than once. In 2010, Barner decided to share his love of sunsets and nature photography with visitors of the parks he serves, particularly those at Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania.

"I enjoyed watching the sunsets at Shawnee--it's a beautiful, great place to watch them," Barner says. "I wondered, how can I relay to other people about how neat this is? So I came up with the idea to share that spot with people and help them understand how to capture nature a little better, too. …

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