A gloomy, rainy day. I prefer sunny days, but I know that cloudy days provide more balanced light (and sometimes better color) for images. So here are five results of my attempts today.
“Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morrisette (I joined in for the signature riff of “All I Really Want”) is the music for this page. A pretty solid CD, which helps explain why it won a Grammy and sold 33 million copies. It’s a brilliant record. However, she is clearly nutz. “Hey, Alanis…what’s with the meat cleaver?”
A bush in front of my house provided this. A bloom on the right gave a nice color contrast to the green. This was a difficult shot, which required two passes and multiple takes. Most problematic was the wind. I shot with a polarizer for added contrast and a large aperture value for a wide depth of field. Thus, the 2 second shutter speed (shot on a tripod, of course). Each time the wind came up it ruined the shot.
Another attempt at Nancy’s tulip. The rain/mist was starting to concern me, despite the “weather-sealing” on my D7100 + Nikkor lens. All it takes is one “lucky” drop.
A statue in George and Patsy’s yard gives us the appropriate mood for the day. There was temptation in post-processing to brighten this up. The enhanced image looked better, but lost the mood the original gives, so I didn’t mess with it.
These last two shots were also taken at George and Patsy’s. One of the potted plants George had out gives us this. I needed a wider depth of field for this, I think, but I like the colors/contrast. A larger view helps, so click on the image for that.
Another one of George’s plants. The rain was getting bad, but I took several images varying my aperture from F/2.8 to F/8, and settled on the latter for this. With a 1/20 of a second shutter speed, another tripod-mounted shot, of course.
• If you plan on shooting in the rain, it’s a good idea to first check if your camera and lens are weather-sealed. Most are not. Even if they are, keep a dry cloth nearby to wipe them off.
• When shooting flora, try a variety of apertures. You may prefer a narrow or wide depth of field so it’s good to have both.
• Even though the sun is blanketed, don’t be afraid to take out your polarizer. It can enhance colors on cloudy days (as witnessed by my first image).
• If you’re a male, and you see Alanis Morissette heading your way wielding a sharp object….RUN!
That is all.
all images © Scott Woelm – May 2013