Fair Weather Landscape Photography

Another thing I try to teach during the Texas Landscape Safari (forgive my shameless plug) is when to shoot in great weather. Now before half of you say “Duh!” think about it for a minute. How many (yawn) uninspiring landscape images have you seen taken on a cloudless summer day? Is there anything less dramatic than a pale blue sky?

In landscape photography, timing is everything! That means watching the weather reports days and even weeks in advance to spot weather patterns (usually cold fronts here in Texas) that will bring you the most important background element ever found in a landscape image; Clouds!

It means planning your photographic outings well in advance but being flexible enough to GO when the conditions are right and stay home when they’re not. It means revisiting that favorite vista over and over again until the light and clouds and the colors are just right.

Landscape photography is a fickle mistress. Most times your planning, patience and persistence won’t pay off but every once in a while you wake up to find skies like this and it makes all the time and effort worthwhile!

Jet Stream

Jet Stream Over Enchanted Rock, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/11 for 1/20th of a second using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer and 4-stop graduated neutral density filter at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

5 thoughts on “Fair Weather Landscape Photography

  1. Heh. I’m sure you’ve read Moose’s latest post about that very topic – revisiting to get it right. I think it’s because of shooters like you and Moose that, just in the past 6-8 months, I’ve really noticed dramatic skies and clouds. My wife is getting tired of me saying “Wow, lookit those clouds!”

  2. Hi I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, and currently using a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and I’m looking for a polarizer filter, but I’m so confused as to what kind of buy. Also do you only use this for outdoor only, can you leave this for indoor shooting as well? Thanks in advance for your help, and can you please link me to the type of filter that you would recommend.

    • Gina,

      Thanks for reading. I use B&W, Heliopan and Singh-Ray CP filters most often. A CP filter can be used in any situation where you need to cut down glare but they’re most often used in landscape photography (outdoors).

      Jeff

      • Jeff, thanks for your reply, I read your recent post and saw that it doesn’t have to be real expensive, and purchased the “Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM High Grade Multi-Coated, Multi-Threaded, 3 Piece Lens Filter Kit (77mm) Made By Optics + Nwv Direct Microfiber Cleaning Cloth”, I can’t wait to give it a try. And thanks for everything. 🙂

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