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One of the amazing things about photography is noticing and then placing light in ways that really make the subject standout. This is often a challenge when using artificial light and natural light in the same image. Yet, when it is done well the results are fantastic.
I was pretty much staring into the sun here and the light filtering down through the leaves had a great effect.
I recently drove 120 miles to relatives in the country and it was overcast and I thought I had wasted the time but got 400 photos anyway, the lack of bright sunlight though has it's own remarkable quality and a different effect. When I was teaching myself painting once I read that colors are more saturated on a cloudy day, in bright sun there is so much reflection that most surfaces are a shade of grey, either shadows or bright highlights.
It's all about the quality, colour, and direction of the light that we should consider when producing artwork. Taking advantage of what all three attributes have to offer will impact the viewers reaction in a positive manner.