EXPERT INSIGHT shoting the breeze
Charlie says… Clouds are a key element of most landscape photography, not just in terms of what they look like, but also because of how they effect the landscape below. Shadows cast by clouds can be used to subdue bright highlights, while shafts of light between clouds can be used to pick out a particular area. This is why wind can be so useful: it enables you to ask yourself “What light might I be enjoying in five, ten or 15 minutes’ time?” – or even 15 seconds’ time if the clouds are moving very quickly. You can’t control the clouds, but you can use them to orchestrate the lighting to your advantage [see Hot Shot #01].