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How to Catch a Cloud Inversion

Cloud inversions are some of the most spectacular shows nature puts on for us. That means for us photographers, it's definitely something to pursue. Cloud inversions happen all over the world, and you can get one in most places if you are lucky (except maybe the desert). So let's dive in and take a look at how you can find one!


Even though you can occasionally catch a cloud inversion around sunset, or during the day, sunrise is the best time to catch it. This is because once the sun comes up it usually causes the low lying clouds to rise. Clouds frequently drop during the night time too (under the right conditions). The combination of a sunrise with inverted clouds is definitely something even more special. Generally speaking, I'd usually go for it more at sunrise. I know getting up early isn't fun, but trust me, totally worth it.

Prime Weather Conditions

When there is a combination of high pressure, and low wind speed, you have a good chance. Just checking the forecast to see if there is low visibility (mist/fog) predicted for that particular morning is always a good shout. The closer you are to the day you are going, the more accurate the forecast will be. Make sure you get your forecast from a good source too, in the UK I personally use the MET office. Their forecasts tend to be the most reliable, I have tried out quite a few.

Get up high!

In order to view and photograph the inversion, you ideally don't want to be in it. This is why its much better to go up a mountain, hill, anything you can get to a reasonable altitude with. Drone owners have an advantage here too. Sometimes, clouds can invert a little higher than you were expecting. You may find yourself on the top of a hill but still surrounded by clouds. Pop the drone out and go a little higher, you might be surprised what you see!

Try and try again!

Cloud inversions are tricky to come across, especially a good one. You have to be prepared to try a few times at least to get something amazing. Don't get disheartened though, you will eventually get something to make up for all of your effort. You should be in a good position to actually catch one if you do follow the weather closely. If you are flexible with when you can shoot (maybe go before work) you have a way higher chance of getting one too.


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