• Stephenie Hollyman

High Noon's Harsh Light

Updated: Nov 4, 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

Tree bark photographed at high noon lacks the texture and warmth when photographed in late afternoon light.

and color saturation as the sun dips or rises close to the horizon. Contrast and white balance shift.

Tree bark photographed in late afternoon "sweet light".

Buy my new eBook, " A Visitor's Guide to Photographing Yosemite", a stepping stone to help you strike out on the path less trampled and to observe more fully as you photograph in Yosemite. Check out the video  ! 

7 views0 comments