So 2018 has been and gone and 2019 is now well underway. Traditionally the New Year is a time for reflecting on the year gone by and making resolutions for the next 12 months. Personally I don’t commit to any or the regular New Year resolutions such as diet, exercise or ‘finding the new me’. They simply don’t interest me. However, after looking back at the images I have captured (or rather haven’t captured) over the last couple of years, I have decided it is time to review the way I go about things. Like many other people, work and family commitments mean that time out with my camera is very limited (usually Sunday mornings and occasionally some evenings through the week), so getting the most out of that time is very important. When time is limited to a few hours per week the weather becomes a very critical part of the equation and waiting around for perfect light just isn’t an option. This makes location choice very important and can mean the difference between getting an image worth keeping or not. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as bad weather (with the exception of wind and rain together), just a bad choice of location. For a landscape photographer there are always options for making images in any weather conditions. It is just a case of going to the right places and being creative.
This is where I have made some mistakes over the past few years and on some occasions returned home and deleted all of the images I took straight away after downloading them to the computer. There have been (quite a few) days when the weather forecast has proven to be inaccurate, resulting in flat grey skies when broken cloud and sunlight was predicted. This can not be helped but my own decisions have been equally to blame for failing to get a shot. I have been guilty of leaving the house without a plan and no idea of where I was going to end up which, on some occasions has resulted in some good images, but more often than not I returned home disappointed.
Shown left is a selection of images taken in various weather conditions; Heavy rain, overcast, good light, windy, fog and snow with flat light (Click on any image to view large).
So this year my resolution is to spend more time researching photography locations with a list of options ready for whatever the time of year and weather conditions. I intend to take more time to find good compositions which I can return to when conditions are right for that location, and also make notes and take mobile phone shots as a reminder. I have lost count of the times I have driven past some interesting woodland or a river promising myself that I would return to investigate further, only to forget all about it. Taking notes for future reference is definitely the way forward and having a list of options for all weather conditions will definitely improve my chances of getting a decent image every time I venture out.
In addition, I have a couple of ongoing projects which I intend to concentrate on and hopefully complete over the next 12 months based around coastal and woodland images. These are slightly more abstract than the regular ‘classic’ landscape scenes that I usually shoot and are still very much at the experimental stage. My plan is to create a series of up to 12 images in each project which are interesting on their own, but compliment each other when presented together. So, a new year and new resolutions. Let’s see what 2019 has to offer 👍
I hope you all have a happy and productive new year.