One thing most veteran photographers learn is that you always have to have your “scene detector” turned on, like the little pilot lights on electronic devices; the unit appears off, but its ready to snap on in a split second. Another thing you learn is that an uninteresting scene at 2PM can be a masterpiece by 4. Many a great and famous photographer would wait for hours in the same spot, as the elements of a terrific image slowly came together.
The two photos below we’re both taken at very late dusk, near 10 PM. Earlier in the day, in the bright sunshine, they were meaningless. But near the end of the day, colours turned deep and rich, contrast blurred, and the remaining daylight took on a different warmth. On the boardwalk in Nice.