Rainy Day Photography – Finding a Subject

Its (still) winter and even here in sunny Texas, many weekends are full of rain and dark clouds. On days like this I’ll usually just sit inside and sort through old images looking for those hidden gems in Lightroom that might make a good post. Other times however, I’ll just have to get out with my camera and look for something to shoot before I go stir crazy.

Shooting during inclement weather doesn’t have to be such a pain, if you follow a few simple rules.

  • Be very careful during thunderstorms because while storm clouds can add excitement to a your images, they can also add too much excitement to your life. Carrying around $2000 worth of electronics in a thunderstorm is not a great idea.
  • A shower cap and clear-glass filter make a very effective yet inexpensive weather-proof cover for your camera.
  • High dynamic range (HDR) processing can really bring out the shadow detail in storm clouds making them appear much more dramatic. It also makes the wet roads come to life.

Sugar Mill Storm

Storm Brewing
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shots taken with a Canon 40D tripod mounted and set on aperture priority (Av), using an EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. The three exposure bracketed set was taken at 20mm, f/9.5 at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photomatix Pro. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, High Dynamic Range


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