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The best laid plans of mice and men

One of the key points of photography, is being able to visualise the end result that you're trying to achieve and then as much as you can, affecting the environment in order to best achieve that result.

In a studio, you've got a good chance of doing this, as you can control the light, it's not always going to be easy but you have most of the factors under your control.

However, when shooting outdoors, especially something like landscapes, all you can do is plan and hope for the best. Case in point, it's been raining for the past two days and yesterday according to all of the weather forecasts, today was supposed to be sunny with some clouds. So when I read this I immediately thought, rain + sun = fog (ok this is overly simplified, but you catch my drift I'm sure).

So last night I started planning, I went through all of the locations in my area where I thought that the fog would be good and add something interesting to the scene. I started plotting where the sun would rise, where it would cast shadows and started putting an image together in my head. By the time I went to bed, the morning couldn't come soon enough.

But now we come back to reality and the sun that was forecast didn't materialise, at least not strong enough that it would create fog as I was hoping for or beams of light breaking through the clouds. Instead there were some wisps here and there and generally just a flat, dull greyness over everything.

I got one shot that I'm kind of ok with, it could be improved, for example I would have benefited from having a longer lens and being able to get a little closer in the framing, as it is, the longest lens that I had with me was 85mm, so I had to make do with that.

The moral of the story, if there is one, is to not let this dishearten you. Sometimes the weather plays along and you can shoot almost everything that you see as the light is great, other times like today, you made a plan that was theoretically sound but the weather didn't work out, so now all you can do is stick it back on the shelf for next time.

May the light be with you, always :)