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.
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.