Planning is essential to landscape photography, but Andy Brown argues you should be ready to respond to subtle changes or unexpected events in order to capture the best pictures
A photographer quickly learns to appreciate the subtle nuances and sweeping changes seasonal variances and lighting conditions have on a particular scene. Shoot the same vista several times over a year, in an increasing array of situations, and you will doubtless end up with a fascinating montage of possibilities, all from the same tripod divots.
Such conditions can be read and sometimes predicted – at least to a certain extent – and this is of course how many great photographs are captured. Forethought and planning are everything, and it’s true you eventually reap as you shall sow.
Be mindful, however, of unexpected and random occurrences, especially those that can create that je ne sais quoi to bless your image and set it apart from others taken at the same spot. The landscape is fixed, unashamedly solid and tangible, yet it is constantly shifting and flexing too, and is populated by a host of moveable objects, creatures and events that...