The Beautiful Winter Light of Ireland
I love how the light changes throughout the seasons. Every season has it's own quality of light, and it makes images taken during that time unique. It also depends on where you are in the world, as different latitudes, and even different places on the same latitude can have differing characteristics to the light. Here in Ireland, and Dublin in particular, because we're fairly far north, our seasons vary dramatically throughout the year. While not as much as countries like Norway, we do get significantly different light in winter than we do in summer.
I love the light in winter in Ireland. While this year the winter has been pretty bad weather wise so far, when the sun does come out on a January day here in Ireland, the light can be almost magical. The combination of the low winter sun and the deep blue sky make for some beautiful golden light and gorgeous cool shadows. The fact that sunny days in winter can sometimes be few and far between make it even more special.
Over the next few weeks, if the sun is out, you should try and pay attention to the light. Watch as the low sun makes the buildings golden, while the sky is a deep blue. Notice how the deeep shadows add a wonderful sense of mystery to even the most normal of scenes. It really is beautiful when you open your eyes and take it in.
I haven't gotten out too much yet this year, but here are some images of the beautiful winter light in Ireland over the last few years. Enjoy.