We all talk about the “magic hours” of photography.  Those golden soft light periods, just after and before sunrise and sunset.

It is often said that the harsher light of midday is just not good enough for great images as it is too bleached and flat.  One tip maybe then to convert to black and white at around midday.  The contrasting tones can provide that depth and atmosphere that the harsh light would not show in colour.  Otherwise known as monochrome on your settings, black and white is great with elephants, zebra and many birds.  Pictured is a paradise flycatcher taken around midday at Selinda Camp.  Touched up in Lightroom it provides a balanced silhouette.  So all is not lost out with the magic hours.  Try this out perhaps in the camps around lunchtime.  Most cameras will have this setting.

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