3. Endless monotone grey skies
Have you ever been out hiking and looking for compositions only to look at the sky in disgust, shaking your fist at its featureless complexion? No? Just me?
But still, I know there are plenty of photographers who despair of a flat, bland, dull sky, hoping instead for dramatic cloud formations or breaks of crepuscular rays onto the land. However, bland grey skies have their advantages.
3.1. Use the sky as a canvas
What do I mean by this? Simply that flat grey skies can be useful compositional devices. If your photo consists of an interesting foreground, compelling leading lines, inspiring subject, and dramatic skies… well, it can be too much. Instead if your land composition is richly textured and interesting, a flat grey sky can provide “rest” for the eyes, especially if you use a neutral density filter to shoot a long exposure and render the sky completely featureless.
Additionally, flat grey skies are useful editing components; they often sit tonally near the middle greys so can be easily dodged or burned in ways that direct the eye around the frame and aid your final photo composition.
3.2. Level: Beginner
If you’re just starting out in photography, particularly landscape photography, then a dull and bland sky is a boon. The light becomes very soft, with easy transitions between shadows and highlights. So if you’re just starting out with learning to read, meter, and expose a scene then it’s considerably easier to do so on a grey sky day, rather than a striking sunrise. We’ve all gotta start somewhere, haven’t we?