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jeljohns
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Sep 21, 2010 18:10 |  #1

It has been raining here two weeks and soon we'll have snow. My house is a small, dark, and cave like--even more so in the winter. There is not enough space or light to do a lot of photography.

I'm curious as to how others practice their photography in the long stretches of bad weather. What do you do to stay creative and get better at photography? How do you find inspiration during the depressing winter?




  
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Sep 21, 2010 22:07 |  #2

Take the time to learn more about flash photography, read your manual (again) and try some features of your camera you have never used before that are in the manual. And develop photo files you have taken during the months with light, read a book, relax. :)




  
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Sep 21, 2010 22:38 |  #3

get a waterproof hood, I like my Aquatech. Invest in pelican boxes, and if it's not blowing in sideways you can make it all good to go. Some of my personal favorite shots are not really that good or attract much praise, but I like them because I remember the long walk back in pouring rain or the challenges presented by the torrential downpour I didn't expect.

If you can enjoy a good challenge now and then, a good one awaits just outside the door.


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Sep 21, 2010 22:39 |  #4
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Sep 22, 2010 00:36 as a reply to  @ Karl Johnston's post |  #5

I really feel for you. Stuck inside during lousy weather sucks. I think maybe reading/studying about photography and maybe macro stuff around the house if you are into that stuff can help pass the time.

But fortunately, I live in So. California where you can go out and shoot almost everyday. So if all fails, move to warmer climates.


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Sep 22, 2010 07:07 as a reply to  @ Tee Why's post |  #6

Not every shot you take must be a keeper, use those days to practice your craft...what happens if I increase/decrease the SS or focal length in the rain.
Can I shoot through a window, what can I do with a reflection from that window, how much DOF from that reflection....


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Sep 22, 2010 18:01 |  #7

I run out during breaks in the bad weather to take advantage of the overcast and diffused lighting. For snow, jumping into a car and heading out when you can to snap pics of places you take for grated covered in snow seems like a good idea, see the world in a different way. It depends on why the weather's bad.


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Sep 22, 2010 22:04 |  #8

jeljohns wrote in post #10952034 (external link)
It has been raining here two weeks and soon we'll have snow. My house is a small, dark, and cave like--even more so in the winter. There is not enough space or light to do a lot of photography.

I'm curious as to how others practice their photography in the long stretches of bad weather. What do you do to stay creative and get better at photography? How do you find inspiration during the depressing winter?

Bad weather can present some marvelous opportunities and offer alternatives to the "same old same old". Go outside, explore familiar old areas and see how they appear under a layer of ice, snow, gloomy evening, morning light, or the brightness of midday with all it's reflections. A blizzard can always leave an interesting aftermath, which can be even more accentuated at sunset like this:

http://www.pbase.com/s​apearl/image/119461494 (external link) or this

http://www.pbase.com/s​apearl/image/119461496 (external link)

And rainy and fog can offer this:

http://www.pbase.com/s​apearl/image/87234231 (external link)

I agree with Birdfromboat - a walk in foul weather offers situations we don't see everyday. It's lousy outside so nobody wants to take their cameras out - but that's when you can exploit opportunities that others will avoid. Therein lies unique images ;).


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Sep 22, 2010 22:18 |  #9

Work on digital imaging. Make a movie poster or something like that.

Take the photos you have and start mixing them.

There are many ways to get creative.


Thank you. bw!

  
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Sep 22, 2010 22:21 |  #10

Stick your camera on a kite.

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Sep 22, 2010 22:27 |  #11

Re-photoshop what you did last summer :)


My imagine composition sucks. I need a heavier lens.

  
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Sep 22, 2010 22:35 as a reply to  @ uOpt's post |  #12

Some of the really greatest photographs ever made were made in bad weather. Ansel Adams "Clearing Winter Storm,Yosemite National Park"and Alfred Stieglitz "The Terminal are just two.




  
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Sep 23, 2010 10:23 |  #13

airfrogusmc wrote in post #10960242 (external link)
Some of the really greatest photographs ever made were made in bad weather. Ansel Adams "Clearing Winter Storm,Yosemite National Park"

Yes, bad weather times can be like a great time to get dramatic pics that people usually wont get because theyre difficult and dont wanna mess with cold , rain, snow, windy.




  
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Sep 23, 2010 22:05 |  #14

Fast Fredy wrote in post #10963179 (external link)
Yes, bad weather times can be like a great time to get dramatic pics that people usually wont get because theyre difficult and dont wanna mess with cold , rain, snow, windy.

I completely agree with what Fredy is saying here.

A key to successful photography is to produce something unique that others either cannot do or are reluctant to attempt. In the shot below it was approaching winter, although not terribly cold, but certainly uncomfortable. The rain was coming at about 30-40mph sideways, it was foggy, hard to even focus, and difficult to keep the camera dry. I was pleased with the result though.


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Sep 23, 2010 23:03 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #15

...the day started horribly. It got even worse. But if they were brave enough to play netball in a storm, surely I would be brave enough to photograph them?

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I almost didn't go out that day, prefering to stay in the comfort of the house. Instead I took a chance, found the only dry part of the netball court, and snapped away. Good weather, bad weather, you are only limited by how much effort you want to put into it. I've shot in the wet with no lens hood and a plastic shopping bag with a rubber band around the end the only thing keeping my lowly Canon Kiss X3 from oblivion.

I have no budget for my photography: cannot afford better lenses and apart from the pop-up flash the only lighting I have is three desklamps. I keep myself interested by following through on my 365 day project: constantly changing what I shoot each day to avoid boredom. One day, the ocean. The next, buildings in town. The next? A random body part. The next? My bathroom taps. Keep doing it different, look for the fascinating in the mundane, and don't over think things. And if you aren't having fun and your not doing it for money, take a break for a bit.

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