Landscape photography is one of the most common genres because of its accessibility. However, this ease of entry has resulted in a saturation of very good, yet somewhat over-photographed landscapes. This video will point you in the direction of something a little more special.
In Thomas Heaton’s latest bit of advice to landscape photographers, he lists his favorite conditions in which to photograph, or as he more appropriately phrases in his video description: elements. As I alluded to above, photographing a nice seascape or a sunset over mountains isn’t the most difficult thing to seek out, so for the more adventurous or more committed landscape photographer, the elements listed in Heaton’s video can be much more of a challenge. But as with any challenge, the rewards can be far greater than those gained from the path of least resistance.
Something I have yet to photograph — and one of the elements that requires some pre-planning — is a cloud inversion. Unless you live in a high-altitude environment, actually even seeing a cloud inversion is a relatively rare sight. Even rarer still is the opportunity to photograph one during a sunrise. So, if you want to photograph this phenomenon, an eye for weather, an early rise, and a bit of a hike are required. Doesn’t sound so difficult when I put it like that, but a variety of environmental conditions need to come together in order for this to occur, so a bit of luck in regards to timing can help.
Have you had the opportunity to photograph any of the conditions mentioned in the video?