5 types of weather and how they affect your images
High pressure generally gives calm, settled conditions, but it can also produce mist and
fog, particularly early on. These are perfect conditions for more atmospheric and ethereal images. In contrast, low pressure produces changeable weather. This can be more challenging to shoot, but as long as there are some breaks in the rain and cloud, you are likely to encounter amazing cloud formations and dramatic lighting.
1 Mist and fog Create another world
The ethereal veil of mist or fog across the landscape is perfect for adding mystery and intrigue to your landscapes. It usually occurs early in the morning, when there is a high-pressure system. Shooting inside the mist will reduce the landscape to a few graphic elements.
2 Fair-weather cloud Seek out hidden drama
Although they can be beautiful, these conditions can produce the least dramatic images, especially during the middle of the day. But you can add drama by converting your images to black and white to add contrast to both the sky and landscape in your images.
3 Windless skies Capture reflections
Generally associated with high-pressure systems, days without wind are perfect for creating more serene and calm landscapes. It’s the perfect time to capture reflections in lakes and still water, while at dawn and dusk there are often subtle tones and colours in the sky.
4 Snow and ice Shoot pristine pictures
Snow and ice can transform almost any landscape into a winter wonderland, but you still need to search out the right locations and compositions to create striking images. Shooting while snow is falling can create a more sombre mood, while clearer skies are more welcoming.
5 Storms Record the ultimate in drama
The moody, menacing skies of a storm front passing over the landscape are perfect for creating the most dramatic shots. These are also the most likely conditions for capturing the drama of lightning or huge, crashing waves which will add even more excitement to your landscapes.