Thinking about warm weather sometimes makes me glad that air-conditioning was invented; I’m not really a hot weather type of person, so anytime the temperature outside reaches about 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit), I’m usually the first to find shade. What it does mean for me is good, soft light for sunrises if the night has been cool; with the air slowly warming up, it seems to make the morning a little more tolerable. Summers, for me, usually end up being better for sunrises because then it’s not so darn cold that early in the morning; sunrises in the winter months are amazing as well, but the upside is that thick gloves aren’t needed in the summer for shooting the sunrise.
With the summer months, there isn’t as much of an outburst of colour, or at least as big a variation of it, as there is in spring, but there’s something to be said for being able to handle the different lighting that comes with a longer midday sun. Most people, myself included, usually think that shooting under the midday sun is a bad thing because of the harsh overhead light, but, once you get used to it, the light can be really good for backlit shots of flowers or in forested creeks where you want to see specular lighting to bring out the mood. We get stuck in certain mindsets when it comes to photography that we can either fix it later on the computer or just ignore the midday hours, but there is something to be said by learning through photography in the midday hours because it makes us, or at least it should, a little more focused on getting the shot right so that we have more to work with later and learn a bit more about ourselves in the process. Personally, I learn more in the summer months about lighting because the angle of the sun makes it that much more challenging for me to work on my photography.
For example, with the above photograph, taking it in the summer would mean a harsher, overhead light and the shadows would have been more pronounced because of it. While I have shot this scene in the summer before, it often means a great deal more work in post-processing because of the lighting; the highlights & shadows would need more tinkering because of that greater contrast in that kind of lighting. In the spring, when this shot was taken, the sun wasn’t so high or harsh, so the contrast wasn’t as much and the dynamic range was much easier to deal with. Simply put, summer means a little harsher light, but more learning opportunities.