Dark tones are coming

It's that time of year again, where the first hints of autumn are appearing. For me, living in the Scottish city of Edinburgh, that means a sudden fall in daylight hours. Where only a few weeks ago the sun would shine until 11pm, darkness now pervades my evenings by 9pm.

I find the shorter days to be a signal that the tones in the landscape are shifting towards darker registers. To a more mysterious realm of the visible spectrum.

With this shift in daylight hours comes a mood, a feeling that I'm sure we all recognise. Perhaps you know what I am talking about? I'm sure that most of us understand that the changes in the seasons affect us on an emotional level.

I think there is great mystery in the more earthy tones of autumn and winter. The reduced colour palette and darker tones are further enhanced by the lower levels of light brought on by a sun that is often glimpsed fleetingly through cloudy overcast skies.

This is why I love Iceland, and why I love Patagonia, as well as many of the other places I visit each year on my workshop schedule. They all share a common tonal response to my homeland of Scotland. It's taken me many trips abroad to realise that wherever I go in the world to photograph,  I'm often responding to a familiar tonal signature and I'm really just looking for somewhere that I already know.