Lighting, Weather, and the Subject

Choosing the Right Time of Day

At the violet hour, when the eyes and back
Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits
Like a taxi throbbing waiting
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

Of the many options a photographer has when making photos, one of the more important is considering the lighting of the subject. The moments before and during sunrise and sunset are often the best for finding the softest light. Of course, the subject needs to be in the ideal location. Further, the weather and cloud cover affect shadows and color intensity.

Consider this subject taken over various days at various times:

Tree 7:11am
Tree 7:21am
Tree 8:48am
Tree 8:53am
Tree 11:16am
Tree 3:54pm

Weather Conditions and Effects

Weather conditions have a significant impact on the resulting image, as do in-camera effects or effects created by various apps. Consider, for example, the same tree taken in the early morning fog using a vintage Polaroid camera with expired Chocolate-toned peel apart film:

Tree and Fence in Fog

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