This exercise called for a photo taken at least every hour, from dawn-to-dusk, on a sunny day.  I chose a few subjects around where I live, to ensure I’d get something suitable given the investment of time required.  I shot on a mixture of automatic metering on aperture priority and manual, to make the most of the light.

Below I’ve included a selection from the series, representing a few key points where the light changed during the day.

06:48 BST

As the sun rose, but was still behind the hills, this was how the scene looked – fairly flat and shadowless but with a bright pale sky.

08:55 BST

The sun had risen over the hill now and was lighting the row of flats brightly, while putting the side into a harsh shadow by contrast.  The blue of the sky appears deeper under the shorter exposure required for this light.

11:04 BST

Heading toward the middle of the day and the entire scene was lit brightly, with short shadows just beneath the edge of the roof.

13:07 BST

A couple of hours later looking pretty-much the same, with just a slight shift in the direction of shadows as the sun is almost completely overhead.

14:05 BST

An hour later and the front of the flats are cast in a dark shadow compared to the bright light on the side of the buildings.  The mill behind, left, also appears darker in shadow creating a bit more interest and contrast to the image.

18:11 BST

Evening now and most of the foreground is in shadow, thanks to the hill and trees behind – a bit of sun highlights the chimney at the back-righ, and some breaks through the trees to hit the flat it’s left side.

19:54 BST

And the final image; dusk and the whole scene is in shadow, with lights from the buildings just about standing out against the sky brightened by the exposure time needed to ensure the building wasn’t in complete darkness.


My preferred image was the second morning picture, 08:55 BST, I like the mixture of light and shade – with the sun hitting the front of the buildings while casting the side in shadow.