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Jun 05, 2013 09:19 |  #1

My photographic interests lie mostly in landscape photography and in PEI this frequently creates a problem for me. I find I am increasingly reluctant to venture out on mornings where conditions are less than "ideal" as I interpret them. As a primarily weekend photographer I often get only one morning per week where I am able to get out but when I'm faced with an overcast sky that is enough to keep me in bed. How do other landscapers deal with less than ideal conditions? Are the different approaches, subjects etc that you turn to ie details, colour etc? I'd be very interested in hearing others thoughts and please feel free to share some examples.
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Jun 05, 2013 09:45 |  #2

Darrell sometimes the best images can be made in bad weather, the light you get just before or after a storm can sometimes be really dramatic. It's not all about sunny skies with white fluffy clouds. Even images captured in the rain can look amazing, then you have mist, fog etc that can also add to a great image. If you keep looking out the window and going back to bed you might as well just give up and play golf.


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Jun 05, 2013 09:59 as a reply to  @ richardhurst's post |  #3

Thanks Richard, much appreciated. I get the dramatic stuff, storms and so on. It's the "another overrcast gloomy mornings'" that get me down.


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Jun 05, 2013 10:12 |  #4

Losing a day because the light isnt right sucks. But then going out and shooting in bad light and coming back with nothing you consider a keeper might be worse. I would suggest using the bad days to scout locations. Start looking for scenes that can be taken in less than optimal light. The light doesnt have to be great to do a motion blur shot of a stream for instance, all it needs to be is indirect. If you have a shot that matches the weather in your mind, you have more options.




  
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Jun 05, 2013 10:22 |  #5

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I would suggest using the bad days to scout locations.

I like this alot. There is also the chance the weather could change. It just rearranges my expectations. Returning from a dull morning with nothing but a bunch of crappy shots is not my idea of fun.

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Jun 05, 2013 11:47 |  #6

I've never been to PEI, but I do understand gloomy mornings. We frequently have our morning 'marine layer' of fog/clouds which can put a damper on things. But, I would think that living on an island provides a lot of opportunities for shots of coastal birds, sea creatures, etc. As with you, I focus mainly on landscapes, but also like bird photography. On overcast mornings I put on a 400mm lens and a 'Better Beamer', and head for the local bird haunts.

Giving yourself an 'assignment' to find the best photo you can in a certain small area, or under certain 'bad' conditions, can be an enlightening experience. It forces you to think outside your usual comfort zone.


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Jun 05, 2013 11:53 |  #7

PEI not ideal for landscape photography? Try living in Missouri :lol:


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Jun 05, 2013 11:54 as a reply to  @ Jon Clemens's post |  #8

Yeah, I like shooting under trees on overcast days, the light filtering through on stream shots drives me nuts. Old cars, rust, etc is also great on those days, scout locations...etc. Sure you are not going to setup someplace where you need color or drama from the sky, so find your color and drama elsewhere. Fog can also be amazing to shoot with.


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Jun 05, 2013 11:55 |  #9

darrell52 wrote in post #16001950 (external link)
Thanks Richard, much appreciated. I get the dramatic stuff, storms and so on. It's the "another overrcast gloomy mornings'" that get me down.

One of the downsides of the "out the window" weather forecasting is that the weather can be significantly different several miles from home; so, using the 'excuse' of scouting new locations is a great way to help motivate you to go out anyway. Plus, even if you don't come home with anything you can still have actually scouted out places to keep an eye on when the weather is cooperating :)


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Jun 05, 2013 11:58 |  #10

El Duderino wrote in post #16002342 (external link)
PEI not ideal for landscape photography? Try living in Missouri :lol:

I grew up in Missouri, its got Illinois (where I now live) beat by a mile.




  
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Jun 05, 2013 12:13 |  #11

gonzogolf wrote in post #16002363 (external link)
I grew up in Missouri, its got Illinois (where I now live) beat by a mile.

Hey, consider yourselves all invited to PEI, "The Garden of the Gulf". No doubt a cloudy day here s still better than the "best" day in some other locales. perhaps I'm just spoiled.
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Jun 05, 2013 12:30 |  #12

I found storms and fog to be cool weather to work with. Storms makes dramatic sky, fog is just plain fun:


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Jun 05, 2013 14:10 |  #13

Well for one if you can tell that it's overcast and gloomy....by that time you've already waited too long unless what you're taking a photo of is in your backyard. Maybe that's just me..I typically drive and hike miles in the dark to get somewhere before the sunrise.

Also, if the morning is dull and you are out - why are you taking shots if the light isn't right? I will often go out and not take a single shot because the light isn't right. What do I want to bother with taking photos in bad light for?


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Jun 05, 2013 14:38 |  #14

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Well for one if you can tell that it's overcast and gloomy....by that time you've already waited too long unless what you're taking a photo of is in your backyard. Maybe that's just me..I typically drive and hike miles in the dark to get somewhere before the sunrise.

Also, if the morning is dull and you are out - why are you taking shots if the light isn't right? I will often go out and not take a single shot because the light isn't right. What do I want to bother with taking photos in bad light for?

Agreed, to a point. Based on the forecast and the pre-dawn sky conditions, one can often tell what the sunrise will look like long before it happens, I have of course been wrong on occasion as weather conditions can change quickly here. One of the advantages of living roughly in the middle of this little island (224 km long and 64 km wide at the widest point) is that many locations are very close by and literally available as you step out of the car. That's not to say I haven't left long before dawn to get into location early. I guess you are much like me though in that you aren't interested in photos in "bad" light. That's what i was looking for, some options under those conditions.
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Jun 05, 2013 14:40 |  #15

There are only two options.

1 - Take bad photos.

2 - Enjoy your time out in nature and then head back home.

I choose the latter.


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