Planning and anticipating bad weather
TO GET the best out of landscape photography, you need to recognise you cannot change the weather, but you can change your location. You may have spotted a beautiful field of red poppies and decided to shoot them under a blue sky. Days pass and the conditions are never right, but when they finally are, the poppies are well past their best. A much better way is to celebrate the weather conditions each day offers. When you look out in the morning and it is pouring with rain, that’s a real cause for celebration. When you arrive at a location and it is shrouded in thick mist, ponder on your good fortune. As you familiarise yourself with a given place, ask yourself what weather conditions would be suitable.
It certainly helps to be aware of forthcoming weather. While the media can give us a good overall picture, sometimes it is not specific enough. What you need is a service that gives you an hour-by-hour forecast. There are numerous websites which are more targeted. Moreover, there are many excellent apps you can use, even as you travel. All will help you be in the right place at the right time.
Trees in mist. At home, the cloud was low and featureless, but I remembered a wonderful wood about 20 miles away, which is located on higher ground. Acting on a hunch, I guessed it would be shrouded in a gentle mist, as indeed it was. Being able to anticipate the weather certainly helps