We are now in November and it is distinctly chilly compared with October’s temperatures. The clocks have also gone back an hour, to Greenwich Mean Time, which means that it now gets dark before 5:30 PM. But look on the bright side – it’s only seven weeks to the shortest day and then the days start to lengthen again.

One has to be selective when taking photographs at this time of year. When the sun is relatively low in the sky all day photographs of streets in towns and villages tend to have very dark shadows on one side and very bright sun on the other making the result unpleasantly over contrasty.

However low sun can produce especially nice pictures in the right location such as this one that I took of Maldon a few days before Christmas one year.