The weather can change dramatically from one minute to the next and create amazing lighting conditions. Annoyingly, though, the best weather often occurs in the distance – you can see shafts of light bursting through stormy skies, patches of the landscape lit up against a dark sky or a colourful rainbow arching over mountains. With a wideangle lens, the results are boring because the interesting stuff pales into insignificance. Lock a telephoto lens onto your camera, however, and you can fill the frame with bad weather action. The way that lens compresses perspective also adds to the drama by crowding the features in the scene together and making everything feel closer.