I’ve mentioned this a couple of times over the years. For me, the best light for photographing the landscape happens after the sun has set.
When the sun is above and near the horizon, the light can be wonderful and fills the landscape with drama. But it feels like someone shouting look at me, almost as if they are wanting to be recognised and need to be the centre of attention.
Now contrast this with a landscape scene after the sun has set. The lighting isn’t dramatic, and the colours become more pastel. For me, these scenes feel more like someone who is quiet and confident and doesn’t need to be noticed.
I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but I think this time of day is hugely underestimated for photography. That’s probably why most people, photographers included, pack up and go home once the sun is below the horizon. Not me. I like to hang on for another 40-60 minutes to enjoy the light. It needs to be truly dark before I pack up.
Here’s another example from Carhead Rocks in the Peak District. I’ve previously shared a couple of images taken on the same day but when the sun was above the horizon. How different this one feels.
I shot this with a Fuji XT3 and Fuji 10-24 lens at 11mm. I also used a three-stop Reverse ND Grad filter on the sky as it was very light on the horizon still. This was something like 20 minutes after sunset and on this occasion was the end of the day and the light.
I hope you like the shot and have a great weekend.