Perhaps I have chosen a confusing title for this article, so please let me explain . . .
The issue is this, i.e. one can get out for the early light or snooze a while longer and go and shoot 'later'. Conversely, moving to late in the day, one can shoot 'earlier' or shoot until late. This could be until the sun is behind the horizon, or until the twilight has nodded off.
This has come to be known on my photo tours as 'shooting in available darkness', and is
just so much easier to do in this digital age.
Obviously, one doesn't always have the opportunity to be at a particular spot at the best time, but if you do it's worth the effort. For instance, this first image was taken at around 10 a.m. . . .
Mount Hood, Oregon
. . . . and this one below at the same spot was shot at sunset . . .
Mount Hood, Oregon
I would say they're both nice on the eye in their own right, but for me, the earlier or later light is always going to be the most pleasing . . . if the opportunity is there of course.
The suggestion here then is to make the extra effort. Yes, it's difficult to 'discipline' yourself when traveling alone, so why not try a photography tour such as ours?
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I'd like to add that the in-between daylight
period shooting need not be the end of the world, as the first image
of Mount Hood can attest to. Neither in all practical terms is it ever 'too bright'
for photography as some may opine
. . . one can always turn macro photography if the lighting for landscapes isn't
to your liking.
Bring on the weather
Changing weather patterns often 'paint' the landscape with light and shade as happened with this next image below taken right at midday . . .
Jenne Farm, Vermont: Midday
Jenne Farm, Vermont: Soft light and fog at dawn
The main point to be made is, yes, early and late is
always going to be the better light, but don't rule out the weather factor!
Fog, storm clouds and subsequent rays of sunlight can turn a scene at any time
of day into something very special . . .
Glen Coe, Scotland
Mourne mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Similar scene pictured on the labels of Kirkland's Bailey Irish Cram
Connemara mountains, County Galway, Ireland
Dunnottar Castle in Scotland: After sunset and sunrise delivered
overcast light, we got this light at mid-morning. Just goes to show!
Now then, do you still think that dramatic light is a forlorn hope
in the hours that lie between sunrise and sunset?!
Remember that whatever you photograph, the end result is limited only by your imagination!