Photography is writing with light. If you want to “write” beautifully, pick the nicest time of the day for the best light. On the down side, the best light is at sunrise, which means getting out of bed and “out there” before the sun rises. You might not be inspired as the alarm rings at that ugly hour of the morning, but if you take the plunge and make the leap out of bed you’ll be amply rewarded.
Sunset is the other best time to photograph. If you really hate getting up when it’s still dark outside, sunset is the time for you.
Midday light is harsh, and flat. There are no shadows or contrast to add drama to your photos. This is the time to either nap, if you’ve gotten up early, or do some reconnaissance for sunset. Of course, if you’re on a travel tour, you can’t really do much about being in the right place at the right time, so you make the best of what you have.
Remember, sweet light is at sunrise or sunset. Get out there then. You’ll be glad you did!
Sunrise Death Valley Dunes
Sunset West Kelowna