On a sunny day, shooting at noon can be a photographer’s worst nightmare. With the sun high in the sky the light is hard and quite cold compared with the warm casts of sunrise and sunset, and there are no long shadows to create texture and definition, which can result in flat-looking images. Contrast can be a problem too, with deep shadows revealing little or no detail. If you have to shoot at midday, try ditching the wide-angle lens and zoom in on the scene with a telephoto lens. This way, you’ll eliminate the large amount of contrast that’s evident in broader shots, and so give the viewer’s eye something to focus on.
Be patient. A passing cloud can be enough to soften the light hitting the landscape