I am a strong believer and a great supporter of planning. I understand that some might see it as going too far but I always like to plan my photographic outings, as much as possible anyway. I like to know when the tide is at what height, if it is going to rain or stay dry and what time sunrise and sunset will take place.
So, with all this in mind, I check Google Maps to try and identify a new location, to see if it is facing east or west and, basically, how photogenic it looks. I also check The Photographer’s Ephemeris (http://photoephemeris.com) to see what time sunrise and sunset are and how far north or south the sun will rise or set.
Finally, I check the weather forecast. I know that most times it is not accurate for Scotland, but at least it gives me an indication of whether the next day will be a complete washout or not.
By doing all this before I even get to a location, I find that ...