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Miserable grey, wet weather

Leightonhs 11 155 1
15 Jan 2010 11:16AM
So, regarding outdoor photography; on dull and gloomy days like today I ask myself is it worth venturing out with the camera when the photos result may not be very promising?

What are everyone's thoughts on this? Does the rain deter you budding photographers...or is it part of the challenge?

I was thinking of heading to the park and capturing anything that best suits the conditions at hand, nothing planned as such.

Give me your views!

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
15 Jan 2010 11:26AM
you often get a change of perspective...e.g. people will be wrapped up or carrying umbrellas, walking dogs etc..

Go for it! Smile
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
15 Jan 2010 11:33AM
I was only thinking on the way to work how nicely the lights were reflecting in the puddles etc. However it was dark, I was on the bus and the pavements are now covered in slush, ice and rain - I chose to stay put......

I should make the effort to get out in the rain and shoot only in B&W so that I'm not distracted by colours - shooting in mono tends to concentrate the mind on light/shadow/composition rather than what looks pretty!
thewilliam 9 6.1k
15 Jan 2010 11:37AM
A true photographer can create meaningful images in any conditions. Any idiot can snap a good pic when conditions are perfect.

Golf would be boring if the courses didn't have bunkers and hazards. Why should photography be any different?
Leightonhs 11 155 1
15 Jan 2010 11:37AM
Both very valid points, thanks!

It's the amount of light which is my biggest concern. If I'm going to get all wet and everything I want to make it worthwhile.

At this rate I practically need pushing out the door!
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
15 Jan 2010 11:55AM
Well you could just go round the block and see what happens - that way it's no loss if you fail miserably Smile Maybe I'll take my little sony out lunchtime though admittedly with the state of the pavements I'm likely only to walk across the playing field and back!

I mean who in their right mind actually goes out in the rain voluntarily? Smile That said I do - I have to get out of the office at lunchtime even if it's just for a 10 minute walk round the block. I digress......
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
15 Jan 2010 11:56AM
Just go for it, Use it to your advantage.

Life, Like the weather is not always bright & shiney.....!

Some of my favourite images have been taken in the worst conditions you could wish for.....Smile
Leightonhs 11 155 1
15 Jan 2010 12:02PM
Thankyou all for your words of encouragement. I'm going to just go for it!
Will update whether it be good/bad.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 12:17PM
Waterfalls, foliage, rocks all look good when wet.

Monochrome landscapes well worth a try, as is monochrome architecture.

TrevW 8 118 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 1:04PM
I get the same feeling as you - grey dull skies and you think, boring. I went to the pub lunch time today to an old pub near where I work, and I was sat looking out of the window. It was one of those really old fashioned small sqauared windows with old curtains, a lantern on the sill with candles fitted in empty bottles. The view outside the window was of an old church which is just across the narrow street, and I thought to myself then, if only Ihad my camera, that would make a great hdr pic. And behind me was the pub fire burning with horse brasses and lots of other unusual objects. A flagstone floor, old tables and chairs and there was another picture. And again, I have never been inside that church opposite the pub, but I bet there are some great shots to be had in there. So there is hope on a dull day.
I also think of wet, cobbled streets with a street light reflecting at night, shot in b&w as the kind of picture to look out for on wet days. I have loads of other ideas that are just too many to list here. I just wish I had the time to go out and do it! GL.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 1:17PM

Quote:I also think of wet, cobbled streets with a street light reflecting at night shot in b&w

Or in colour. I have a couple of shots on here taken in those conditions and the colour cast from the Sodium lighting was excellent.

StuartAt 13 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 1:20PM
I purposely waited for some rainy days to go out and do some nightshots (some in my PF) purely because of the reflections of the lights.

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