USE THE WEATHER TO ADD MOOD AND DRAMA
Learn to love storms, gales and fog by being prepared for whatever comes your way
Producing moody, dramatic landscapes means that you and your gear will be out in demanding
conditions. To protect your camera, you can buy rain covers such as those from Manfrotto or Storm Jacket for shooting when it’s raining. But a simpler DIY approach of using a large, strong plastic bag (such as a bin liner or a rubble sack) to cover the camera during the rain, then simply uncovering it while you take a shot works perfectly well for all but the most extreme conditions.
My other bad-weather kit always includes lens cleaning cloths, microfibre towels for drying the outside of the camera, a good waterproof coat and trousers, and a flask of hot coffee.
MINI MAL CO MPOSI TION Placing the landscape to the bottom of the frame allows the textures and detail in the sky to become the main focal point of the image.
CLOUD DE TAIL The rain sweeping across the clouds is the dominant feature of this shot, so I made sure that I kept plenty of detail in the sky to emphasise their impact. LIGH TING As there were breaks in the cloud near the sun, I waited for the light to break through and illuminate the mountains and the sky.