So I confess: I didn’t make it out to take photos this past week. The weather was just awful where I live with rain and sometimes even thunderstorms every single day for the entire week. Expensive camera + water = not my favorite combination. So what do you do when the weather doesn’t agree with you?
Well, you have a few options. First, you can obviously choose to stay inside. You might choose to use this time to focus on one object in the house or you might get creative and focus your photos on windows – you might be amazed by the wide range of options you have. If you choose to photograph the weather from your window, you might focus on raindrops on the glass, patterns, fog, ice, or condensation. You know what I want to see? I want to see a photo of someone’s pet steaming up a window with their hot breath as they look longingly outside. It’s perfectly okay to think of a photo scenario you want to see and create it!
If you want to actually go outside, the water will obviously cause some problems, so what do you do? You can enlist someone to hold an umbrella for you (boyfriends make excellent assistants) or go solo. If going solo, I suggest putting together a rain kit with a plastic bag, an umbrella, a water proof camera bag, a towel, a lens hood, and maybe even a camera cover like these cool ones (Storm Jacket Covers), which seem to be pretty popular for their versatility but you can find hundreds of things just like this on other websites. A large gallon-size ziploc bag can make a good raincover in a pinch – just put a hole in the end and tip your lens out while sticking your head in the other end. Ponchos are also a good idea because you can fit a lot of camera gear underneath the cover which might be useful if you don’t have a water proof bag. (Side note: it’s important to consider weather proof material when choosing your camera bag. My new one is not weather proof and my first time caught in the rain with it almost turned disastrous because the side pockets filled up with water and threatened to flood my camera from the inside out!) Be on the lookout for awnings, porches or dense trees for cover and don’t be ashamed to photograph from your car!
So, now you’re outside with your camera – what are you going to shoot? Here are a few subjects you might consider:
- Splashes – individual rain drops or big puddles with boots and cars and pets!
- Heavy rain falling from the sky – to capture rain trails, set your camera on a tripod and use a low shutter speed with a low ISO.
- Wet roads – these can lend fabulous reflections of city lights or sky detail.
- Dark clouds – why not look up? Be sure your look for contrast in shades and cloud definition as a big grey blanket of clouds will look exactly like a big grey blanket of clouds in your photo and not at all interesting.
- Reflections – in puddles, rain drops, windows, car mirrors, on roads, signs, lakes! Seriously, #1 tip: look for reflections.
- Rainbows – this is of course harder to predict and find but if you catch one, use it. Try to include something in the foreground in order to give your photo some dimension.
- Fog – low clouds can make a very dramatic and moody landscape if you’re able to get above the cloud line.
Of course, all of this extends to snow too! I know some of you in the northern hemisphere have been experiencing a great deal of snow these past few weeks – get out there and photograph it! Persephoneer Hillary was really onto something with this photo of ice that she took for the Between Places challenge, as was LilCrow with her moody evening sky photo! These badass ladies are getting out into the element and coming up with some creative ideas – what will we see this week? Your assignment is to follow suit and get some photos of the weather in your neck of the woods. There are no requirements on weather – rain or shine, either is fine! Hey, I rhymed! Report back this week with your photo in the comments section and don’t forget to weigh in on the photo adventures of other Persephoneers either in the comments here or on our group discussion board! If you still haven’t posted for on last week’s icons challenge, don’t worry. You can either go ahead and post now or resolve to get started again! So what are you waiting for? Get going and make it snappy!