Photo Tip: Embrace Moody Weather

By |2015-08-09T18:09:40+00:00Aug 9th, 2015|

Recently, I spent a couple of days in Bandon, OR. Before making my plans to go, several friends warned me of the fog that often rolls in during this time of year. After the copious amounts of clear blue skies and blazing heat, some fog and cooler temps actually sounded perfect! It’s understandable if the typical reaction to this sort of inclement weather is to just pack it in and stay back in the comfort of your home. But that’s what my latest photo tip is all about. It’s not about comfort all the time. It’s not about what’s easy, either. It’s about embracing the challenges that simply can’t be controlled—like the weather—and learning to leverage it with your photography.

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Our cameras are very resilient. Well, they are for the most part. I wouldn’t necessarily advise taking a massive ocean wave in the chest while holding your camera but photographing in these sorts of conditions—where the winds are gusting and ocean spray is flying everywhere—is all part of your creative growth process. Once you learn to embrace the simple fact that bad weather often makes for great photos, all you need to do is dress appropriately and make it work. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’ve never regretted taking my camera out in crappy weather. I’d take that any day over pure blue skies.

By the way, I took these photos with my new Sony a7R II and, despite the crazy weather, it performed like a champ. Your camera is way more resilient than you may think.

3 Comments

  1. Paul Moody August 11, 2015 at 7:01 am - Reply

    I embrace all things Moody : )

  2. john4jack August 16, 2015 at 6:34 am - Reply

    In the days when I was a backpacker and a cyclist, I obsessed about the weather. When I returned to photography, I fell in love with what many consider to be crappy weather. When you are a compulsive/obsessive photographer, every conceivable kind of weather becomes a gift. By the way, Bandon actually is the center of the Universe!

  3. Marina August 24, 2015 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Hi, thanks for sharing this. Really nice shots. Even if the weather is fine you can still have landscape pictures with “foggy” effect. I attached a link to an article. Hope you’ll like it: http://blog.picsart.com/post/transform-your-landscapes-with-fog-and-frost

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