The light makes or breaks a photograph, along with good composition. You can have the greatest composition, but if the light is wrong the photograph doesn’t turn out well.
This photo was taken on a sunny spring day.
The top photo is taken during a winter storm. The light or lack of light turns the color of the water to a gray, and the greens are muted. Overall, the photo is dark, and lacks shadows. This contributes to the lack of depth in the photograph.
The bottom photo is taken on a sunny spring day. The sunlight brings out the color in the water, cliffs and vegetation. The sunlight cast shadows, giving the photo a feeling of depth.
The light in the photos casts a mood for the image.
Time of day is another variable in photography, which will be the topic of the next entry.