Summer is right around the corner. For many people, it’s a fun and joyous time of year. For landscape photographers who live at mid to high latitudes, summer is not so much fun. Summer means very early sunrises and late sunsets. It’s challenging to get up early enough to take advantage of a 4 a.m. sunrise. However, hidden among the impracticalities and frustrations are some amazing photo opportunities.
Summer is a time of bustling activity, especially in rural areas where farmers grow and then harvest crops. Iversen likes to photograph rural landscapes, which are often full of color, patterns and activity during the hot summer months.
While forests may be a popular subject in the autumn, they are also great photographic subjects during the summer. Iversen makes heavy use of backlighting and especially enjoys photographing forests when the sun is at a 30-degree angle or lower. Depending on where you live, cold nights and warm summer mornings may result in fog, adding a lot of atmosphere to forest scenes.
Iversen’s video has many more great tips, including the idea of a landscape photo all-nighter. With late sunsets, beautiful nights and early sunrises, conditions sometimes work out for an overnight photography trifecta.