I am not aware of the thread you speak of. With that said, I usually take my pictures at dawn or dusk when the lighting isn't as harsh and won't make the colors seem washed out. Other than that, just experiment.
A post that is very informative and can be used in the future for others to read and find the info they seek. So they "sticky" it to the top so it doesn't get moved back to page 2,3,4, ect it stays on the first page and on top.
here is another very good link to photo tips. its a subaru forum, but there is alot of very good info for beginners and a few tips in there to freshen up on for the ones who have been shooting for a long time.