For shooting the forest floor as I did in this landscape from Ireland (County May near Westport), shade is especially important because patchy lighting is absent and contrast is at a minimum The colors are surprising rich and saturated even though direct sunlight is absent.
I used a tripod for this picture, f/32, and a 16-35mm wide-angle lens. My ISO was 100.
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