This might seem like a strange topic for the first week of August when the sun is high and bright around the country. It is great to go Camera Walking when the sun is out, but often that means that the sky is blue with little going on. Yes we can get great photos with a “bald” sky, but some of the most impactful photos are captured when the weather is changing.
That being said, when the weather looks threatening it can sometimes dampen our desire to go out Camera Walking, making us want to stay comfortably tucked inside. To get going think about the photos you can capture as a result of rain, fog, drizzle, wind, or snow. They are worth the journey.
Rain: We get a lot of rain in the Pacific Northwest, sometimes it is heavy, but often it is just a drizzle. Rain softens the distant details in a landscape allowing the foreground to be more dramatic, and it also produces great opportunities to capture reflections. So look down, rather than up to capture an interesting shot.
While out in the rain use shelters, such as an awning or a tree, to look for spontaneous shots of people moving about. You might be able to capture a scene that you didn’t expect to see.
Fog: Foggy days can present challenges, but it also gives you a chance to to tell a story through your photo.
You might need to do a bit more post production editing, but you can create some interesting photos.
Dark Skies: Just before a storm erupts can produce ominous dark skies with unpredictable clouds. Although the downfall may be imminent, grab your camera, go out on for a walk and see what you can capture.
Snow: Fortunately it doesn’t snow that often in Seattle, but when it does I love to capture the scenes. In addition to a warm coat, I wear YakTraxs, so I can walk with my normal stride while Camera Walking. I get my exercise and interesting shots as well. This photo I took with my iPhone then edited it in 100 Cameras in 1 to get this fun effect.
Overall, embracing weather, good or bad, requires a good attitude, and some preparation. If you think that it is a “dull” day then you will probably take dull photos. Keep an open mind, think like an explorer looking for the interesting possibilities, work with the light that is available, watch people, and look down when it is raining.
Although I will continue to enjoy our beautiful summer, I am looking forward to more of our interesting weather days ahead this autumn and winter. Knowing that there are terrific photos waiting to be captured helps me get out the door Camera Walking. What about you? We would love to hear from you by commenting below, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.