In landscapes no one set of weather conditions works for all scenes and locations. Photographers will often balk at sunny days and superficially this is true; direct sun can wreak havoc, but direct sun can also help form a powerful aesthetic. Firstly, let’s look at the more desired, controlled landscape lighting.
The locations I visited in 2018 (Switzerland and Spain) both made use of different qualities of light. The Swiss rocks series was made on days with a mixture of bright direct sun and moving clouds. I used the moment when the edges of each cloud first passed over the sun, leaving a bright but diffuse light.
Photographing this way, both allowed for light penetration of recesses and added a softness to the scene. Clouds providing a diffuser was used in tandem with a polarising filter which also helped to control the highlights and reflections from rocks. What would have been useful is solar filter for my own eyes to make safe judgements on sun and cloud movements.