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Weather Watch

Weather Watch

Sometimes I get it wrong. Just like this morning, when I’d been watching the weather for the past few days, looking at how the Atlantic ‘lows’ were building up and where they would be today. Along with this my thoughts were backed up by the erstwhile BBC weather department. My conclusion and theirs, dry in the morning with rain coming in during the afternoon. Okay so the shoot was on. At 0450 my trusty alarm played me the dulcet tones of the ‘24’ theme and what do I find – full on rain. Not the cats and dogs rain, but the elephants and tigers rain. What went wrong with my prediction, Mother Nature that’s what. More often than not though, by watching the weather, you can build up a pretty good idea about what’s going to happen and you can therefore plan when you think it will be good to take photographs. An arriving weather front from the west is good for sunrises, correspondingly a departing weather front to the east, is good for sunsets. That’s because in both cases, the suns rays can get under the cloud so to speak and those magnificent colours reflect across the sky. Building up your own weather knowledge will make you a better photographer. You’re unlikely to get it right all the time, but when you do, the magic shines through.

Keep practicing.

Ian Badley