Burra, South Australia. Leica S, 30mm.
Burra, South Australia. Leica S, 30mm.

If you look through the best landscape photos throughout the history of photography you will find that the vast majority of the most memorable images have some sort of ‘texture’ in the sky, usually clouds. Thus clouds maketh the photograph. Solid blue skies are fine for some types of images but, as a rule, if there are interesting clouds in the shot the images you make will be so much better for it. Cloudy days have so much more potential that clear skies – here in Australia this can be problematic for photographers because it’s a country renowned for it’s sunshine.

This image, a classic scene from the wheatbelt to the north-east of Adelaide, was looking great as the sun went down – but at the last moment it went behind a cloud and the last half-hour was quite dull. Luckily, after the sun had fully set, these clouds had moved into a good position and caught a hint of pink. Without them it would be a dull and very repeatable image but the presence of the clouds makes it more appealing and also unique because the clouds will never be the same shapes again.

Clouds are good – get excited when it’s cloudy!