In this case, yo’ mama would be Mother Nature. And she can be a fickle [ insert expletive here ], especially in Portland. Before moving here, all I heard about from my local friends was how often it rains. And, true to form, it does rain a lot. However, if rain was a determining factor preventing me from shooting, I’d never get any new frames. It rains here that often.

Still, it’s important to co-opt a positive outlook here. Making excuses for not going out to shoot will only lead to stagnation. As with many types of weather, rain can be a huge creative source of inspiration. You just need to figure out how to bend it to your serve your will. :)

This sort of weather is also very unpredictable, as was proven yesterday when I had the pleasure of strolling around Portland amidst spitting rain with my good friend, +Jeffrey Yen. The rain kept falling and we kept shooting.

Except about an hour into the walk, the rain and clouds decided to break away, leaving us with an absolutely gorgeous sky and radiant sunlight. We were in peak position to start rifling off shots. It really was wonderful – and it never would have happened had we decided to call off our get together due to crap weather.

Use inclement weather to your advantage. Your camera will be just fine. You will be just fine. Your images will thank you later. Trust me.

In terms of processing
This is the first tone-mapped HDR image that I’ve posted using my new Canon 5D Mark III. I’m still getting the hang of it but having the ability to create seven brackets in-camera is a beautiful thing. Now I know what all those Nikon and Canon 1D users have enjoyed all this time.

I tone-mapped in Photomatix primarily because the original shot had zero detail under these twin highways. The HDR processing fixed that quite nicely.

Stylization was done in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. I applied a custom duotone filter along with some tonal contrast for grit and my favorite Rice Paper Light texture. I also applied the tiniest amount of FocalPoint to the lower third of the frame – I liked the effect it produced and it helps draw the eye further up the image.

Finishing touches were applied in Adobe Lightroom 4.1 RC.

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