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Go black and white: check out the work of Ansel Adams etc. Black and white film with a red filter can be very dramatic and can be reproduce in an image-editing program via desaturation and playing with the levels of each channel.


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The first option is to study the landscape beforehand. Carry a compass wherever you go and see where are the east and the west. Then you can probably plan a bit more when you need to be. A lot of photography, especially about nature is about patience and endurance. It sounds like a small joke but as commented, wake up really early or be prepared to stay up ...


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Options to consider: Wake up early (before sunrise). Stay up late (after sunset). Use a Graduated Neutral Density filter. Combine multiple exposures. HDR. Color grading (often used in film/video) Use a low-contrast, low-saturation profile ("Log" format) Apply a color-lookup table. See also: B&H: Understanding Log-Format Recording Fstoppers: Color ...


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Add UV filter and/or Polarizing filter. Lightroom for processing, colour grade.


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I think the photographer has to choose their subjects based on the conditions. Given that you cannot make bright sun into sun set or sunrise I think you have to pick a composition that works in some way given the sun. As examples I have used the way the clouds cast shadows to create interesting contrast in the brightly lit trees. Or find reflection or ...


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