Personally, I don't swoon over sunrise or sunset Landscape photos.
And they always seem to get more Likes on Instagram, Twitter, etc, than any daytime images.
Yes, the light on outdoor surfaces is very pleasant with Sunrise and Sunsets creating a nice, soft, warm glow, as the sun drops, but you can still get pleasant lighting during the daytime, when the sun creeps behind a cloud or just peeps through some dramatic, grey clouds.
I love the moody, atmospheric look. Therefore, I generally prefer dramatic, grey sky Landscape photography to the glorious sunrises.
If I could just have grey sky, rolling clouds, sun peeping through, photography days, without the rain I'd be more than happy.
Yet great light during the day is often hard to come by, so I do often want to chase that soft light look that is mostly given by a sunset and a sunrise.
During the winter I can set the alarm clock to a fairly dread less time of 5 - 6am, shower, head on out and catch the morning rays in the countryside, where I live.
Or better still, autumn / winter daytimes, I can head on out late morning; catch a train to a seaside destination, do some reconnaissance, prep work, grab a bite to eat and get cracking by 4pm - 6pm. Get home early evening, do some editing and head to bed.
During the Summer, however, it's a whole different ballgame. I Wake up sleepless at 3am (unfortunately I cannot go to bed early as my internal body clock is fixed), have a shower, head out tired, get bitten by Mosquitoes, take some dawn shots, get home feeling exhausted and have a less than productive day.
Or Slightly better, wait all day; head on out early evening, catch a train to a seaside destination, do some reconnaissance, prep work, grab a bite to eat, get bitten by mosquitoes and take some shots at 9 - 10pm and miss the last train home. (Believe me, in my opinion, being stuck in another town is preferable to waking up at 3am!)
Yes, this is a slightly tongue in cheek rant and maybe I should get a car, but in the autumn and winter everything comes together more easily. You get those beautiful autumn colours, an atmospheric winter frost and you get to look the biz in your furry winter coat. Plus the days are generally more streamlined and easy to plan.
This image and headline photo, are autumn sunsets, taken in Perranporth, Cornwall. I'm highlighting a textured foreground, making the most of silhouetted reflections and those glorious sunset colours. Underneath, is a photo of a winter sunrise, Cemetery shot. You wouldn't get those rich colours in the leaves and trees during the summer, now would you?
So to summarize, landscape photography is more fun, easy and appealing during the fall.
Anyway, rant over. I'll be up at 3am tomorrow.... 👍