When the light changes fast

I think that the combination “clouds + wind” is extremely interesting for landscape photography, since it causes continuously changing combinations of lights and shadows. In such cases, I usually search for an interesting subject and then stay for some time, shooting every few seconds. The next two images have been taken with an 11 seconds interval.

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 180mm ƒ/2.8N ED-IF AF @ 180 mm, 1/320 sec @ ƒ/6.3, ISO 125, hand-held.

Leccio (Quercus ilex).

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 180mm ƒ/2.8N ED-IF AF @ 180 mm, 1/320 sec @ ƒ/6.3, ISO 125, hand-held.

Leccio (Quercus ilex).

Both shots are good in my opinion, conveying different feelings, even though I have a preference for the latter.

Remember also to change focal length, as while you are concentrating on a single subject, interesting things could happen around it. For instance, I like a lot this third shot, where two trees are taken with slightly different lights.

Nikon D200 + 85.0 mm f/1.8 @ 85 mm, 1/320 sec @ ƒ/6.3, ISO 100, hand-held.

Lecci (Quercus ilex).