As a general guideline, broad daylight and blue skies make for some pretty boring landscape pictures…
The best photos are very often acquired in the sort of conditions that many wouldn’t associate with photography.
Patch of light in small clearing, Kingley Vale
When I shot these, I was up in the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve, photographing the giant old yew trees at dawn. Incessant drizzle, early mists and grey clouds filtered the sun and softened the light, prolonging the shooting times well beyond sunrise so, unusually for me, I found myself acquiring shots into mid-morning.
Winter fern at Kingley Vale
The soft back-light in this image is sifting through an opening in the forest canopy and the dark autumnal colour palette of opulent gold and moss green, provided by the soaking wet foliage, saturates the image. The low light levels in the dense forest allowed me to use a three-second, hand-held, ICM (intentional camera movement) technique that produces the impressionistic interpretation of the scene you see here.