Climate Or Not: Get The Image, Element 1


Employing poor climate situations to your photographic benefit

Weather Or Not: Get The Image, Part 1

Accompany me on a photographic sojourn into the land of inclement climate. It is a glorious location shrouded in cold and mist. A land whose frigid hands welcome you as they derive their energy by sucking the juice from your camera’s battery. It is a land surrounded by an ominous and mysterious fog that enshrouds all. Grab your umbrella, galoshes and gloves to ford your way via the cold and snow to make some fantastic pictures.

5 a.m. wake-up calls can be very disconcerting, specifically when setting your eyes upon the eastern horizon and witness a bank of gray accompanied by the pitter-patter of raindrops. Do not despair—when nature bargains a bum hand to your photographic day, superior pictures can nevertheless be produced. Be ready, dress appropriately and show some typical sense when it is needed to deal with poor climate situations. If you are not comfy when out in the field, your pictures will depict this. Becoming cold and wet prevents you from getting the great angle or taking that needed further step to develop the great composition.


Leaving the comfort of your property or vehicle and braving the components is the initially hurdle to overcome when photographing in inclement climate. For me, the easiest sort of poor climate in which to shoot is fog. Foggy situations elicit moody and ethereal feelings. The light is diffused and even but normally flat. Take benefit of this to make a thriving image.

Weather Or Not: Get The Image, Part 1

The components that comprise the composition recede, as does the intensity of their shape, colour and contrast. Location a dominant topic in the foreground so it becomes the key element. All other components come to be secondary as they melt into the background in a wash of mist. This evokes a solemn and peaceful mood. When developed correctly, photographs produced in the fog have a tendency to be quite soothing.

Shooting in the fog demands precautions to defend your camera from the surrounding mist. Fog does seem in differentiating densities. Hence, its encountered density dictates what’s needed to preserve the camera secure. Along the coastal places, fog can be so thick it feels like a misty drizzle. At other instances, it can be a soft layer of moisture that thinly obscures the sun.

The most significant danger of fog to a camera is moisture. Modern day camera bodies have intricate and delicate electronics, but most are manufactured with water sealing protection. I favor to err on the side of caution, so I make positive no water creates a malfunction. In a thin fog, I periodically wipe the camera with a washcloth that lives in my camera bag. I also make positive I wipe the eyepiece, the filter that protects the front element of my lens, in addition to the lens barrel to avoid moisture from getting into internal elements.

Weather Or Not: Get The Image, Part 1

Fog, specifically when close to bigger bodies of water, harbors or coastal environments can be so thick it is named pea soup. I’ve knowledgeable this along the Oregon coast and the fishing ports of New England. In circumstances like this, I defend my gear the very same as if shooting in the rain due to the speedy buildup of water on my gear.

Fog can effortlessly trick a camera’s meter. Straight metering of fog creates an underexposed image due to its higher reflectivity. My regular compensation is +1 f-cease. Based upon its thickness, I’ve dialed in as a lot as +two stops.


The climate channel shows a cloudless complete moon across the screen. “Bummer,” I say to myself. No shots of city lights reflected off rain-soaked streets or streaks of vehicle lights that reflect the mirrored surface from an overlook of Interstate 25. “Bummer,” I say to myself. No shots of saturated autumn-colored leaves in a deciduous forest of maples, oaks and birches that carpet the forest floor with a polyurethaned appear of a fall shower upon them. “Bummer,” I say to myself as I gaze upon a sunlit cobblestone street under. Envision what a good shot it would be if rain was falling and a lone figure with a red umbrella walked beneath me. Do not get me incorrect. I enjoy the sun when it comes to photography. But when it is obstinate and I’m dealt a wet climate hand, I nevertheless head out into the field. What does modify is threefold: what I put on, what I bring and what I photograph.

Weather Or Not: Get The Image, Part 1

Initial and foremost, I preserve myself and my gear protected. If I’m wet and miserable, my creativity suffers. Commensurate with how I really feel, the high-quality of my pictures reflects this. Waterproof footwear and outer gear are a need to. For my cameras, I have “raincoats” produced by OpTech. They are named Rainsleeves and perform nicely to defend my camera and lens from the components. Produced of clear versatile polyurethane, they let me to make any and all adjustments to my settings. They even make a model that accommodates the use of a flash. For light rain and mist, I periodically towel dry my gear and forego the Rainsleeve. I also preserve the camera and lens inside my waterproof jacket when not in use.

If you come to be addicted to inclement climate shooting or your topic matter dictates you have no option, OpTech tends to make vinyl rain sleeves. You have in all probability observed them utilized by sports photographers along the sidelines of football games for the duration of nasty climate. They’re reserved for the “inclement climate-aholic.” Needless to say, if the rain is connected with lightning, typical-sense security precautions need to be taken. Pick out a secure vantage point, attempt to shoot from inside a vehicle or creating and do not carry your tripod like a lightning rod.

Subsequent week, I’ll share far more undesirable climate photography recommendations in element two.

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