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Photography Essentials: Waiting for the Light by David Noton

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Autumn in the Saco Valley, White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA

I spent all afternoon in this spot, using the crisp, low-angled light of October to investigate all the photographic options. Often I’m waiting for the sun to drop near to the horizon, but here in mid-afternoon in the New England Fall the light was perfect. By the time the sun was setting, the trees on the bank were throwing long shadows over the water. There’s a perfect time for every shot, knowing when that is likely to be is what it’s all about.

• Fuji GX617, 105mm lens

“The period immediately before and after sunset and sunrise is happy hour”

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