As a nature a travel photographer one cannot prevent nature related events all the time. Sure, there are weather forecasts, maps, former images and a wealth of information in the Internet. But when it comes to nature, Mr. Murphy can play at will with the unexpecting photographer.
It is good advice to make your own research, before you head out to a new location specially if you are involved in a project with a deadline.
As light plays a major role in photography,and thus, it has a preponderant role in planning a shoot. So getting to know how light will affect your subject is one of the most important things to plan the logistics of a shoot.
LIGHT AND THE LANSCAPE
Landscape has an important role in how light is perceived in a particular place, and learning about it from the confort of your home is great. I like to recomend Google Earth´s light changing application, which can be found as a SUN icon on the menu bar of this great web page/service. Google Earth is a great tool for many things in planning a shoot.
I had to work with a concept created by Ecoposadas del Mar. Its name is LA COSTA VERDE (The Green Coast). This award wining concept reflects the merger of the mountains and their forest, with the beaches and the sea. Here, the sea, mountains, gallery forest, coffee and cocoa plantations, agriculture, fishing and their related natural and cultural expressions needed to merge in a holistic way, so the values of ecotourism and sustainable development could co-exist in harmony. Now MAKE THAT INTO A PICTURE!
MAKING THE MOST OF THE AFTER HOURS