Shadows at noon



A lot of people have this thing about there being a perfect time of day to take pictures. They will only shoot first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening, at the “golden hour”. They’ll place a lot of restrictions on when they can shoot, looking for the perfect light. Well, as far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as perfect light. There is light that is better for some kinds of shots than others. But rather than restricting yourself to only shooting at certain times, embrace shooting at any time and simply choose subject matter that is appropriate for the light. You may not be able to modify it at all so learn to work with it. While I like early morning light the best for a nice soft glow and long shadows without the sun being too low, I have no problem going out at any time. Sometimes, you don’t get to decide when a shoot will happen, your subject will. You need to learn to be flexible and you’ll be able to get great shots.

Below, I have a few shots of tree shadows on a sidewalk at noon. One time of day many photographers just give up on. Full blazing sun actually is perfect for shadows and will work well for anything you want nice, hard lines and tone gradations on. If you want the light soft, find shade or a way to block it on the surface you want to shoot, or simply pick something else. You’d be surprised at what you can get to work, at any time.



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