I’ve often read that there’s usually the proper time of day for photography because of the light and that’s in the early morning (sunrise) or late evening (sunset). But then there’s midday, or noon, when the shadows are typically harsh; what do we do then? I typically spend that time away from the camera, not taking photographs, but then, it can also be a good time & chance to learn what light can do when it is straight overhead. I personally think it’s more of a challenging time, not because of shutter speeds, but because the light doesn’t exactly lend itself to bringing out dimension in what we’re photographing because of the shadows. This is where aperture becomes more important because it modifies the depth & sharpness of what we’re trying to photograph; we can let more of the background blur out to push the subject to the front by making the subject much sharper than its surroundings and give dimension to the subject that way.
The above scene was quite busy, especially at a smaller aperture like f22, but, at f8, it was just right and created some depth in the photograph. It was shot at about 2 pm, a time when most people would think it that the sun is too harsh for this kind of photography because the sun is still overhead, but it works, at least for me, because the aperture of the photograph created the depth that was needed to make the background still recognizable while still making the subject stand out. A dark blue sky would’ve made it look too polarized in a scene like this, so I tend to work with a UV filter and tweak the colours later in Lightroom, doing careful adjustments as I’m working through the shot. I’m not against using a polarizer, but I would rather boost up the colours in post-processing than tune them down after, hence the reason why I’m usually using a UV filter instead.
Looking at nature, I’ve come to realize that while we’re given this time here by the Creator, we’ve also gone about doing our best to muck it up with all the junk we throw away; just look up trash island on the internet or even pay attention to how much trash is left in local parks whenever you walk by. It’s messed up when you think of it, especially when you go to enjoy yourself…You end up having to clean up trash before enjoying yourself. I’ve probably done it many times over the years, but I’m trying not to do it anymore and I’ve gotten pretty decent at not leaving trash in parks anymore, I think; I guess it comes easier when you’re thinking of photographing a scene and the idea of trash left in it comes to mind…it’s almost as it serves as a warning not to leave it lying around in the first place.