The Joy of Rain Walking

After a long stretch of dry, warm weather, this weekend a large storm swept across the Pacific Northwest.  It rained, which was good because we needed it desperately.  The state of Washington, along with most west coast states, have been experiencing a drought, so rain is good.

But Saturday morning when I woke up to rain I had second thoughts about going out for a walk.  One day off wouldn’t hurt, but then I reminded myself that sooner or later this fall my walks will be mostly in the rain, so I needed to get back in practice.

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

I equipped myself for rain and took off for my walk. The first sniff of the clean air and cooler temperatures invigorated me.  Because I wasn’t sure how hard it might rain, I decided to take my iPhone with me as my camera for the day.  For the last few months I have been walking primarily with my Canon 6D and new Lensbaby Velvet 56 mm lens playing and practicing (which I need) using the manual focus.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 mm

Lensbaby Velvet 56 mm

So it was a treat to just take photos with my iPhone.  I started seeing things as if they were on a larger canvas, and it inspired me to take different types of photos.  I loved seeing the water puddles with reflections on the walkway.

Water Puddles

Water Puddles

Also, the colors seemed brighter and richer under the cloudy skies.  I edited the photo below in Snapseed on my iPad then transferred it to my computer using Topaz Impressions to create the image that I saw on my walk.

Rich Colors

Rich Colors

Snapseed has great editing options.  I used several filters included in the app to achieve the photo below.

Fallen Leaf

Fallen Leaf

One of the things that I love about walking in the rain is the skies.  Stormy skies make for better photos than a sunny blue sky.  I wasn’t disappointed on my walk.

Powerful Clouds

Powerful Clouds

Clearly it was going to rain.

Across the Hill

Across the Hill

In addition to capturing the beauty of the skies, walking with my iPhone gives me flexibility.  I wasn’t weighed down with a large camera worrying about whether or not it would get wet in the rain.  I could just put my phone in my pocket in between the stops I made to take photos, then pick up my walking pace.  Good photos and a great walk!

I enjoy walking around my neighborhood capturing ordinary things that I think have beauty, and I find that using my iPhone allows me to do this without being too obvious.

Fenced in

Aging Fence

Changing up your walk using a different lens or camera, can inspire you and make your walk more enjoyable.  Using my phone as my only camera this weekend did just that.  I plan on walking more often with just my phone to get more variety in my photos, which will become handy when the fall rainy season finally comes.  This weekend was a good trial run for what is ahead, and I know that I will be out there daily rain or shine Camera Walking.

A note from Carol and Michelle:  We are moving our blog to our website at www.camerawalking.com.  We appreciate the WordPress community’s interest in Camera Walking, and hope that you will continue to follow us weekly at www.camerawalking.com.

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