You’ll find everything from lingering autumn colours to the magic of first frosts and the ethereal beauty of a misty woodland.
Landscape, © Julian Love 2012, Canon EOS-1D X
The magic hour can help enhance the beauty of stunning landscapes
Photographers often talk about the magic hour, that special time just after sunrise or just before sunset, when two things happen to the sun’s light:
However, the magic hour isn’t fixed at sixty minutes. It actually gets longer as the days overall get shorter. This is one reason why winter is many photographers’ favourite time. In mid-winter it almost feels as if the magic hour lasts all day.
Sunset in Bordeaux, © Brent Stirton 2011 of Getty Images. Canon Ambassador, Canon EOS 5D
The sunlight is rich and golden while the shadows are long
Hints and tips for SLR users
Canon DSLRs give excellent image quality at high ISO ratings. Coupled with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, this means you can keep taking handheld shots in pretty low light. However, there are definitely times when it pays to use a tripod or some other solid camera support.
A Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) at sunset, © Brutus Östling 2013. Canon Ambassador, Canon EOS-1D X
Hints and tips for compact camera users
Sunset in Iceland © Thorsten Milse, 2012. Canon Ambassador, Canon EOS 6D
It pays to get out on frosty mornings – but dress warmly