I have heard artists talk about the unique quality of light near the sea, and now I live near the coast I want to know if there's any truth in it. Does being near the ocean affect light inland?
I'm in the UK, where it's not usually clear blue skies; it's cloudy or partially cloudy (clouds may have an effect?).
I've lived in a flattish region in the centre of the UK, and at the coast. I think it's brighter here, but I can't figure out if it's a real difference. And Google is silent.
I've come up with possible explanations:
- It's purely psychological
- It's a side-effect of the big horizons making places feel lighter because more sky is visible
- Sunlight reflects off the sea, and the clouds scatter it back onto the land
Is this real? If so, what's the mechanism and how far inland does the light penetrate?