Why don’t I shoot landscapes during the middle of the day?
Go visit Flickr or some other photo sharing website and pick out your favorite landscapes. More often than not they’ll have been taken when the sun was below or low to the horizon.
It’s not as obvious when you’re photographing in places as beautiful as Jasper National Park up here in Canada. The sheer beauty of the landscape can make an otherwise poor photo seem better than it really is. There is a reason that most landscape shooters only shoot in national parks. It makes them look like better photographers than they really are. It’s easier to take a “good” landscape in Jasper than it is in your back yard. In your back yard, you really have to pay attention to all the details to be successful. Here in Jasper it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel.
The beauty of light is not only what it reveals but what lack of it does. Lack of light hides detail. Lack of light adds mystery and an element of time and depth. It’s like the exotic dancer who bares everything. Nothing is left to the imagination and the dancer is less alluring or interesting. The mystery is gone.
Keep some mystery in your photos.