The group usually has one ‘away day’ per year and today was the day – a trip to Tollesbury. The sun, of course, was not shining, it was a grey day.
If anyone tries to tell you that a good photographer should be able to produce a good picture under any lighting conditions don’t believe a word of it. Just trawl through your own photos, I’ll bet that those that you are best pleased with were taken in sunlight. The two main reasons for this are (1) shadows and (2) camera dynamic range. With the former, a shadow gives any picture – depth – and a sharpness of detail that just cannot be achieved otherwise. ‘Dynamic range’ is the camera’s software’s ability (or usually inability) to expose for extreme brightness (the sky) and much darker tones (the foreground) in one instant of time.