light angles

12Mar10

[saying goodbye]

Europe in the winter has some very harsh light. The sun doesn’t get very high in the sky and the shadows are long and dark. Italy is on roughly the same parallel as New England, which many people don’t realize. The Mediterranean Sea factors largely in the weather in Italy, keeping it hot in the summer and not super cold in the winter, but it can do nothing to increase the sun angle. Early in the morning and as the sun is setting in the evening everything takes on a warm orangey glow while being trailed by an almost black shadow. It causes things to look very dramatic and makes it hard to figure out what some things really are. People shouldn’t be afraid of taking photos in the harsh winter light, it can add an interesting dimension that might not have occurred at noon in the middle of July.
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