Middle Day Magic

Magic hour light works best with many landscape scenes. If you look to the landscape with a creative eye, as Ian Plant explains, you may find surprising pairings of light and composition arising at anytime of the day

It is axiomatic among nature photographers that the middle of the day is best avoided. The light is harsh, and lacking the warm tones found at sunrise and sunset. You can’t make decent images during the middle of the day, so why even bother? Might as well catch up on some sleep so you can be fresh and ready for all those sunrises and sunsets, or do something else to pass the time: process images, watch TV, anything other than taking pictures. Right?

Wrong! Although midday shooting can be challenging, and is certainly not likely to yield the colorful ‘magic hour’ light common at sunrise and sunset, there is…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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