One important rule for taking great landscape photos is:
Be in the right spot at the right time.
Easier said than done! There are great problems if you want to follow this rule in Europe.
When I am on the road or in the right spot I spend a lot of time waiting:
- for the right light,
- the right clouds,
- the right tide.
Sometimes the best picture is to be made in a fraction of a second when everything fits the best. It happens that I wait up to three days for the perfect photo.
Most of the time the right spot doesn’t imply that there is a comfortable hotel, a camping place or a public toilette.
So free camping is essential for the kind of landscape photos I am taking. But free camping is only allowed in Scotland and tolerated in Scandinavia. The other European countries are more or less trying to prevent people from staying in the right spot for obvious reasons.
In my early days I travelled with my motorcycle and a small sleeping bag. Most of the time there were no problems with free camping. But the times and my travel habits have changed. These days I travel in a VW Van.