Certain locations continue to throw up similar weather patterns throughout the year, so get to know your landscape studio. For example, it’s safe to say early winter and spring mornings will create excellent sea spray and fog conditions along the coast. It has to be early mornings though, because the fog will burn away as the sun hits it.
With practise, you can predict what the weather will create for you in your chosen location, but always remember to pack your bag with an umbrella, a microfibre towel for cleaning the lens and your chosen filters—I recommend circular polarising and/or neutral density ones.
Many rainforests actually generate their own weather systems. If the forecast is for rain combined with higher temperatures, you can guarantee there will be amazing misty forest scenes after a shower passes. If captured correctly these scenes can ooze character.
Patience is key—sometimes you have to wait two hours to get two minutes of the perfect light and moody weather. Putting your lens cap back on between shots and using a lens hood will minimise the moisture hitting the front element of the lens.
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