I am writing this in the most temperate climate, being in the fifty-fourth degree of North latitude. In the southern regions, the light changes much faster, both in the morning and in the evening. The Golden hour may not last an hour, but only half an hour, the darkness comes suddenly and you have to act quickly, trying to catch the light you need, and also take a pocket flashlight with you, so as not to jump on rocks in the dark, risking breaking your neck.
In the North, sixty degrees or higher, the sun moves in a gentle arc, extending the favorable time for photography. The closer the Arctic is, the more light there is in the summer. As well as mosquitoes and midges. If you are lucky with the weather, which is a rare piece of luck, then the lighting can be photogenic all day long, because the sunset smoothly flows into the sunrise, bypassing the phase of absolute darkness, and in the afternoon the sun does not rise so high that the contrast becomes uncontrollable.
Weather and long wait
Weather has a huge impact on the appearance of the scene and the overall mood of the photo. Shooting in clear weather is pleasant and manageable, but extreme weather conditions can sometimes cause incredible lighting and fantastic pictures. There is nothing like the evening sun suddenly peeking out from behind a storm cloud, when its Golden rays make the landscape Shine against the dark sky. Follow the weather forecast, learn to see photographic opportunities in every state of nature, observe repeated patterns in atmospheric phenomena, and use this to plan your shooting strategy. It doesn’t matter if you have to wait an hour or two until the sun comes out from behind a cloud. Sometimes you have to wait for the right light for several days, and it is good if you have this opportunity, and you are not in a hurry. Thunderstorms, fogs, rainbows, frost on trees do not happen every day. Sometimes you have to wait much longer. The right combination of weather, time of year, and a bunch of other factors can only happen once a year, and you’ll be lucky if you can be in the right place at the right time. This requires patience and observation. Good photos are obtained after a long, sometimes long-term, study of the subject, which allows you to understand how, and under what conditions, it can be removed from the best side, and then catch it at the peak of beauty.