Plan­ning and an­tic­i­pat­ing bad weather

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

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

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