Velvet morning Don't be afraid to look for subjects and carry on shooting in soft light.

I had set out on this morning intending to photograph the sunrise over a distant hill village, but the lighting conditions that morning were too weak for such a long-distance shot. Despairing the lack of 'decent light' – but isn't that always a pre-conception? – I started to wander some backroads, among undulating fields reminiscent of parts of Tuscany. Neither sunny nor overtly cloudy, the sun barely glowered through heavy damp air. It occurred to me the diffuse lighting complemented the fresh spring greens, leaving the landscape with a soft, velvety sheen.

I love the way the undulations of the field are still visible in the soft light – and the whitewashed farmstead buildings can only mean Andalucia.
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