Landscape photography is often about being in the right place in the right time. What is important is that you don't have to trust your luck to to make this happen. I always try to hunt for suitable moments and places in beforehand and be ready to get myself to the right place if suitable circumstances for photography seem to be realizing.
Lately I was hunting for a proper evening to take shots of the sea that was cover by ice just a few days earlier. When in work I carried my photography equipment with me, but for many days the conditions were not optimal, since sky was covered by thick layers of clouds. February 10th seemed to be another cloudy day, but in the late afternoon weather started to get at least somewhat clear. I noticed this and decided to drive via the shore before going home just in case the western sky would get even more open.
It appeared to be a good decision, since the sunset colours turned out to be really intrigueing. Temperature fell fast below -20°C, but luckily there was no wind at all so I was able to catch some really nice shots without fully freezing :). Not much snow had yet fallen on the ice, but wind had formed interesting textures of those tiny pieces of snow. I also had checked beforehand that the sea level had been falling lower during the past few days so I knew there could also be some interesting ice formation around the underwater rocks.
Here is one of the images I shot on the shore that evening. It's a blend of three exposures to increase the luminocity of the foreground snow textures in relation to the bright sky. In this extremely wide angle shot I like a lot how both the snow and cloud patterns seem to lead the eye towards the setting sun making the whole view converge in a pleasing way.
When shooting I usually try to actively move to different spots to find the optimal point and field of view. Shoot something from low angle and then some shots at a higher position. It's always a good idea to try different focal lengths for the optimal field of view, too, but this time it was simply so cold that I really couldn't change the lens.
An alternative point of view to this same scene can be found in my Flickr pages (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fineartphotoshots/6888332657/). That image has been shot in exactly the same spot, but from lower angle making the foreground more prominent. It's also processed to have more contrast and saturation plus the smoke from the power plant has been erased. Which one do you like better?