Photographers love the warm quality of ‘golden hour’ light, but the direction of light is also important. Side lighting can be used to great effect at Bodiam Castle. Light falling across the castle from one side reveals texture in the stone and the mixture of light and shadow results in a modelling effect on the curved towers, making the castle look more three- dimensional. Low sidelight is the most effective, as it’s warmer and the modelling effect is more pronounced. It’s not always possible to visit places like Bodiam Castle early or late enough for the best light, but the direction is still important – even when the sun is high in the sky – so it pays to check the position of the sun using websites such as www. suncalc.net prior to visiting. If the sun is high overhead try converting your images to black & white and take advantage of the high contrast.
Warm light can have a modelling effect, emphasising the castle’s shape and stonework