Beware of the Time of Year

© Ahdrum
You may or may not realize that the time of the year can greatly effect your shot. I am not talking about color in the leaves, or snow.....but shadows. Even here in Southern California, my photography is greatly effected by the time of the year despite the year long great weather. Some parts of the world are not greatly effected by this, but here at the 32

At the Summer Solstice (June 21st), here in Los Angeles the Sun is actually at an angle of 79

© Ahdrum

© Ahdrum
I really noticed the effects of this when I recently photographed the UCLA campus just a couple weeks ago. Notice my images which have really long shadows and are limiting my shooting options, versus some of the other ones taken at the same location in the summer time....after all, a college campus looks more vibrant and more campus-like with more sunlight hitting the grass and the brick buildings. With the shadows, the campus lawn caused it to look dim and less exciting. It did lead me to some interesting Wide Angle Shots so that I eliminated the shadows from the shot.

Photo credits: Ahdrum, Salvador Ceja.

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January 16, 2009


What you say is, but there is more than just the longer shodow: it also has an influence on the duration of the so-called golden hours for photography.

January 15, 2009


Very true! I have been having some of the same issues.

January 15, 2009


Good point! I am usually thinking more about the time of day when it comes to shadows and about time of year in terms of seasonal impact. Now I will try to keep both in mind, so when I go somewhere and think there are too many long shadows, that another time of year might make for a much more interesting shot.

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