I’ve read several times that three things are required for a great photo:
A few weeks ago, I noticed the long rays of light from the setting sun in a field near my house. I quickly pulled out the trusty Canon and set out to “chase the light”.
I found the best photos had a spotlight of sun directly on them:
The most dramatic difference was in the following two photos. The first photo was taken where the sun’s rays were hitting the field. The second photo was taken within 3 feet and three seconds of the first photo. The only difference was the sun’s rays were shielded by the clouds in this area.
So the next time you’re out with your camera–remember–look for the light!