Three Boats at Alnmouth Harbour, Northumberland

Ask the majority of landscape photographers when is the best time to take photographs and they will nearly always reply, sunrise and sunset. The above example illustrates the reason behind this. In the midday sun, the light is directly overhead and strong, giving harsh highlights and shadows, whereas when the sun is low (in this case going down one summer evening) you get a weaker but more diffuse light. This gives the boats the orange reflections on the water and gives that strong shadow at the bottom of the picture to show where the sun was coming from. This isn’t a fantastic photograph, but I liked the composition and wanted to explain to you exactly why so many photographers limit their shooting to just a few hours at the beginning and end of the day.

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