Woodland photography in harsh light

The second weekend of February I planned to do some woodland photography in the Vijlenerbos.

The weather conditions were promising. The weather forecast was: no rain, lot of clouds and low wind speeds. All in all, reasonable conditions for woodland photography.

At the village of Epen near the Vijlenerbos I always like to take photographs of the beautiful landscape. This time I was still early enough to witness a sunrise with some colourful clouds. I have featured a photograph of this scene in this post.

Going back to the car I had my hopes up to get some good photographic conditions in the Vijlenerbos. At arrival, all the early morning clouds were vanished. There was only a blue sky and a rising sun. Woodland photography is really difficult in harsh lighting conditions. With all that sunlight you get a lot of distracting bright patches in your images.

Due to the conditions I decided not to improve on some already photographed scenes, but to explore a new part (for me) of the Vijlenerbos.

In that part of the forest there are some lower situated areas. Perhaps the sunlight did not yet penetrated these areas. But that was not the case. In the shade I did take some detailed shots of a moss covered tree trunk. But this kind of photography is not my favourite.

I still managed to take some images. I include photographs in this post. When the conditions are more favourable I will be back to improve on those compositions.

All content and photographs are (C) Copyright Ruud Maas. All Rights Reserved.

By Ruud Maas

maas.photos woodland-, landscape- and street-photography

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