Perseverance and Passion in Landscape Photography

Weather can often be misleading when it comes to photography. On days that don't look promising, you might find ideal conditions for capturing stunning landscapes. Outdoor photography in unsettled weather provides distinctive opportunities to play with light and mood in your shots. 

Coming to you from Steve O'Nions, this insightful video follows O'Nions as he embarks on a long walk through the challenging terrain of Snowdonia. Despite heavy rain at the start, he perseveres, emphasizing the importance of having the right gear, such as waterproof clothing. His journey showcases how patience and preparation can lead to stunning imagery, even when initial conditions are discouraging. You'll see how staying mobile and open to spontaneous ideas can lead to surprising compositions, like the use of telegraph poles to enhance a landscape shot.

Further into the video, O'Nions discusses his approach to using film on these trips, often indulging in a bit of "spray and pray," capturing numerous shots to ensure he gets the perfect one. His Canon G15, converted for infrared photography, gets highlighted for its long-standing service and the unique aesthetic it offers. 

Another critical point O'Nions brings up is the role of timing and light in landscape photography. Checking weather forecasts and planning accordingly can make the difference between capturing dramatic, luminous scenes and ending up with flat, uninspiring images. His timing was crucial as he sought to capture light breaking through the mist—a fleeting moment requiring readiness and a quick response. The narrative emphasizes how getting weather apps right is pivotal for outdoor expeditions, allowing you to anticipate and exploit the best moments.

O'Nions stresses the mental and physical benefits of walking and being in nature. Beyond photography, being outdoors serves as a significant boost to mental health. It could be a simple walk around the block or an extensive trail in the mountains. He encourages you to get out and experience these benefits first-hand. Photography in such settings isn't just about the final image, but also about the journey and the memories created during the process. Check out the video above for the full rundown from O'Nions.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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