High Noon's Harsh Light
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Trying to get a good image at high noon on a bright summer day in the Park is daunting. Everybody agrees. The contrast range is just too great. Harsh light washes out shadow and highlight detail.
Suggestion: Take a hike . Wait for the light to soften in the afternoon. Or get up early and photograph just after sunrise.
Why? As a rule, landscapes are more evocative when illuminated by warm light at a low angle, at the end of the day or early in the morning. There is more texture, depth, tonal range
and color saturation as the sun dips or rises close to the horizon. Contrast and white balance shift.
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